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  • Starting Sept. 30, there will be an extended temporary closure of the Camino de Estrella northbound on-ramp – click on the DETOURS TAB for more information.

    Metrolink Community Notice

    What:  In order to ensure Metrolink’s safety and reliability, Metrolink train crews will be performing track maintenance work, including the replacement of railroad ties, the updating of track drainage and the securing of track embankments. Train service will be interrupted for three weekends.

    Residents who live nearby may hear intermittent construction noise, including construction vehicles, equipment and back up alarms. Lights, dust and vibrations are also a possibility. Due to a federal ruling requiring horn safety during construction, residents may also hear train horns in select areas as passenger and freight operations continue.

    Due to the mobile nature of this work, most residents will not be impacted more than one weekend at a time.

    Where:     Cities of Anaheim, Orange and San Juan Capistrano on the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines
    When:         Metrolink train service will offer limited service for the following weekends:

    • October 8th and 9th
    • October 15th and 16th
    • October 22nd  and 23rd

    Prep work can take place up to one week before and after the scheduled closures. If you have questions contact Metrolink’s Community Relations office at (213) 503-3272 or by e-mail at novoas@scrra.net.  Call 1 (800)-698-4TDD for customers with speech or hearing disabilities.

    Safety is our priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

  • Overview

    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:

    • Add a carpool lane in both directions on I-5 from Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road;
    • Improve the sight distance on the southbound curve north of PCH;
    • Reconstruct the interchange at Avenida Pico, including widening the northbound Avenida Pico on-ramp to three lanes, and providing dual left-turn lanes to both on-ramps; and
    • Add sound walls where needed.

     

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  • Avenida Pico Interchange Improvements

    Purchase on Pico

    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.

    Funding

    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.

    Construction

    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.

    Schedule

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  • Extended Temporary Closure
    Camino de Estrella Northbound On-Ramp

    WHAT: An extended temporary closure of the Camino de  Estrella straight on-ramp to northbound  I-5.

    WHEN:  6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3
    Please be advised, dates and times are subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational factors.
    WHY: This extended closure will allow crews to switch traffic to the  new portion of the ramp and begin working on the old portion of the ramp.

    Please note: When the on-ramp reopens on Oct. 3, motorists will be detoured to Camino Las Ramblas to access northbound I-5 and northbound PCH. The detour will be in place for up to three months.

    DETOUR: Motorists can access northbound I-5 by entering the Camino de Estrella on-ramp to southbound I-5, exiting at Avenida Pico, and entering northbound   I-5.

    Temporary Traffic Switch:
    Camino de Estrella Northbound On-Ramps Camino Las Rambles Off-Ramp

    WHAT: Crews will switch traffic to the new portion of the  Camino de Estrella straight on-ramp to northbound  I-5.

    Please note: northbound on-ramp traffic will be separated by concrete barrier from northbound freeway traffic to ensure motorists' safety.


    WHEN: The traffic switch will begin at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, and be in place for up to three months.
    WHY: The traffic switch will allow crews to safely complete the Camino de Estrella on-ramp and the auxiliary lane to PCH/Camino La Ramblas.

    DETOURS: Motorists using the Camino de Estrella on-ramp will be detoured to the Camino Las Ramblas off-ramp. From there, they may continue through the intersection and onto the Camino Las Ramblas on-ramp to northbound I-5, or they may turn left to access PCH. Motorists on northbound I-5 who want to exit at Camino Las Ramblas will be detoured to northbound PCH. See map below for details.



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