The first of two 54-hour closures at the southbound I-5 Avenida Pico ramps in San Clemente is set to begin Nov. 6.
The purpose of the closures is to shift traffic to new ramps that are being constructed adjacent to the existing ramps. The closures require an entire weekend (Friday night to Monday morning) because they involve major drainage work, asphalt paving, striping and resetting concrete barriers.
The work will be split across two weekends. The first closure, for the southbound I-5 Avenida Pico off-ramp, is set for 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The second closure, for the southbound I-5 Avenida Pico on-ramp, is set for 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.
In addition, daytime pile driving for the new bridge abutments on the southbound side of I-5 is scheduled to begin Nov. 17. Crews will begin driving steel piles adjacent to 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 Friday, through December. Please be advised, this work may be loud and disruptive.
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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