California Ortega Highway (State Route 74) Nightly Closures Guide for Summer 2021.
Ortega Highway will be closed in Orange County and in Lake Elsinore and there will be no access and no thru traffic in either direction from 10:00pm-5:00pm nightly until further notice.
CalTrans states that, “The purpose of this project is to improve the safety performance and reduce collision on Ortega Highway from the Orange/Riverside County Line All work is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2025.”
There will be no through traffic allowed during the hours of 10:00pm-5:00am
All motorists will be turned around at 10:00pm (No Exceptions Allowed)
(All passes are invalid. Access through the work zone will be prohibited)
Use Alternate Routes
Local Residents Information
Work will take place just east of Tenaja Truck Trail on SR 74
Residents on Tenaja Truck Trail or west of Tenaja Truck Trail, including the Ortega Oaks RV Park
and Campground and The Candy Store, will be directed to Orange County and WILL
NOT be given access to go through to Lake Elsinore during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to
Residents at Monte Vista, Long Canyon and Decker Canyon will be directed
to Lake Elsinore and WILL NOT be given access to go through to Orange County during
the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. R
Residents will be escorted in and out of the
construction zones from their designated areas of access (OC or Lake Elsinore).
Please remember this is an ACTIVE construction zone!
The contractor may be changing locations nightly, which will affect the direction of travel for residents that live
within the construction zone.
Ortega Highway Day Work Construction Delays
Day Work May Happen from 9:00am to 3:00pm
A flagging operation will be available to assist in traffic control
Be advised, you may experience long waits and delays due to construction operations.
Please obey all posted signs and traffic instructions
CHP will be on location and citing any offenders
All schedules are subject to change
Use caution and expect delays during construction hours.
Law enforcement will be on scene to assist with traffic control.
Remember to reduce your speed in and surrounding the work zone.
Be advised, weather may affect construction schedule.
Know before you go!
For up to date information and to sign up for commuter alerts, please go to SR: 74 Ortega Highway Widening Project
To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to CalTrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts.