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I-5 Ortega Interchange

I-5 Ortega Interchange

This project was completed in 2015.

Caltrans District 12 reconstructed the Ortega Highway Interchange at the I-5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano.

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Project Overview

Construction began in February 2013 and was completed in late 2015. Crews widened the Ortega Highway Bridge, reconstructed on- and off-ramps, constructed a new northbound I-5 loop on-ramp from eastbound Ortega Highway as well as realigned the Ortega Highway/Del Obispo intersection. The project was initiated by Caltrans, OCTA and the City of San Juan Capistrano, as the solution to the I-5/Ortega Highway "choke point,” which regularly caused significant delays and congestion.

Project Benefits

  • Provided congestion relief to improve local traffic flow as well as eased regional commutes

  • Relieved traffic congestion choke points

  • Improved traffic safety and operations

At a Glance

affected cities
project cost
funding source
San Juan Capistrano $80.30 million OC Go, State and Local funds