I-5 / Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project

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I-5 / Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project

The Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project , initiated by Caltrans, OCTA and the City of San Juan Capistrano,  is the solution to the  “choke point”, where significant delays and congestion occur along the Ortega Highway (SR-74) at the San Diego Freeway (I-5) interchange.

The project will:

•  Construct a new traffic interchange that  will replace the existing I-5 / Ortega  Highway interchange

•  Reconstruct the existing Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5

•  Widen existing on- and off-ramps

•  Construct a new northbound I-5 loop on-ramp from  eastbound Ortega Highway

•  Realign Ortega Highway to the west of  the I-5 interchange  to curve into Del  Obispo instead of continuing straight  Into Camino Capistrano

Project Benefits:

•  Provide congestion relief to improve local traffic flow as well as ease regional commutes

•  Relieve the existing traffic congestion chokepoint at the I-5 / Ortega Highway Interchange

•  Improve traffic safety and operations at the I-5 / Ortega Highway interchange

•  Eliminate existing geometric deficiencies

•  Create consistency with existing and planned local development