Beginning Friday, May 6, crews are scheduled to perform back-to-back weekend closures of the Camino de Estrella on-ramps to the northbound and southbound I-5 in order to complete paving activities necessary to proceed to the next stage of construction. Click on the Detours Tab for more information.
Pile Driving at Avenida Pico
Daytime pile driving for the new bridge abutments is set to resume in January. Crews are driving steel piles on the north side of Avenida Pico to support the bridge footings. This work is necessary to widen the bridge and accommodate new freeway lanes. The work will take place intermittently, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for the next several weeks. Please be advised, this work may be loud and disruptive.
Speed Limit Reduced to 55 mph
To improve safety during construction of the I-5 South County Improvements Project, Caltrans has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 55 mph in the construction zone. The 55 mph speed limit is in effect on I-5 from San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano to Avenida Palizada in San Clemente.
Speed Limit Reduced
Please note: The speed limit through the construction area – between San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Palizada in San Clemente – has been reduced to 55 mph. Remember these Federal Highway Administration tips while driving in construction zones:
Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions
Dedicate your full attention to the roadway. Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road
Pay Attention to the Road
Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead; watch traffic around you and be prepared to react.
Follow other vehicles at a safe distance; obey the Posted Speed Limit
Expect the Unexpected
Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly
Beginning Friday, May 6, crews are scheduled to perform back-to-back weekend closures of the Camino de Estrella on-ramps to the northbound and southbound I-5 in order to complete paving activities necessary to proceed to the next stage of construction.
These extended closures will allow crews to demolish portions of the existing pavement on the ramps and immediately repave them. The reconfigured ramps will accommodate the new lanes being added on the
See below for additional details for each ramp closure. Please be advised, dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions and unforeseen operational factors.
Camino de Estrella Northbound Straight On-RampWHAT: Weekend Closure of the Camino de Estrella Northbound I-5 On-RampWHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 9
Camino de Estrella Southbound I-5 On-RampWHAT: Weekend Closure of the Camino de Estrella Southbound I-5 On-RampWHEN: Noon Friday, May 13, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 16
Closures are plotted on a Google Map and include specific closure times as well as recommended detours. Closures are updated in real time and can be viewed using the map below or by visiting www.octa.net/5southCountyDetourmap. This interactive map is easily accessible on your smart phone, or you can bookmark the page on your computer. It allows you to see local detour routes that may be convenient for your commute.
Disclaimer: Please be advised, the schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.
This 5.7-mile project extends from Avenida Pico in San Clemente to San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano. The four-year, $230 million project will:
We are committed to assisting local businesses during the reconstruction of the I-5 / Avenida Pico Interchange in San Clemente. Businesses are invited to participate in our “Purchase on Pico” Program, free of charge.
This $230 million project is funded in part by Measure M2, Orange County's half-cent sales transportation tax. In addition, OCTA is funding the work with a combination of Measure M2 local sales tax and state and federal funding.
The project is being constructed in three segments: Avenida Pico to Avenida Vista Hermosa; Avenida Vista Hermosa to Pacific Coast Highway; and Pacific Coast Highway to San Juan Creek Road.
Flatiron Construction began work on the first segment, focused on the Avenida Pico Interchange, in February 2015. Work on the second segment, also being done by Flatiron, started in September 2014 and includes construction of retaining walls and sound walls, as well as on- and off-ramp improvements. Shimmick Construction has the third segment, centered primarily on the PCH / I-5 interchange, where work began in February 2014.
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