Freeway Projects - I-5 Ortega Interchange - Fact Sheet

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  • I-5 Ortega Interchange

    Ortega Highway Project header

    This project was completed in 2015.

    Caltrans District 12 reconstructed the Ortega Highway Interchange at the I-5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano. 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
    San Juan Capistrano
    Project Cost
    $80.30 million
    Funding Source
    OC Go, State and Local funds
  • Ortega Highway Project Map
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