Southern California Ortega Highway Nighttime Closure Tuesday January 18 2022

California State Route 74/Ortega Highway Courtesy of CalTrans District 8
California State Route 74/Ortega Highway Courtesy of CalTrans District 8

California Ortega Highway (State Route 74) Weeknight Closures Tuesday January 18 2022.

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 on Weeknights 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.

Ortega Highway (State Route 74) Closure Details Are Online at CalTrans

Weeknight Full Closure

There will be no through traffic allowed during the hours of 10:00pm-5:00am

One-way traffic control with flagging and pilot vehicles will be in place from 8 p.m. to 9:59 p.m.
During the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the route will be closed to through traffic.
Residents and commuters will need to utilize the alternate routes to go around the closure each night BEGINNING AT 10 p.m.
Access through the work zone will be prohibited during the previously stated hours.
Work will take place east of the County line on SR-74.

Please note: 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 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.

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.
Residents will be escorted in and out of the construction zones from their designated areas of access (Lake Elsinore).
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.

Reminder: One-way traffic control with flagging and pilot vehicles will be in place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
During the hours of 10:01 p.m. to 5 a.m., the route will be closed to through traffic, at the above-mentioned location, for roadway excavation operations.
This night work will occur Monday through Thursday.
It is advised to use an alternative route to avoid these long delays such as SR-91 and I-15 and the I-5.

Be advised, you may experience long waits and delays due to construction operations.
Please wait for the designated pilot car to escort you through the construction zone.
Please obey all posted signs and traffic instructions, including the pilot escort car, as CHP will be on location and citing any offenders.

The availability of alternate routes within this area of SR 74 my change – meaning, the construction zone will change nightly resulting in, some areas not having access to Orange County or Lake Elsinore, and vice versa.
Please plan ahead.

A new commuter alert will be issued with locations of full closure as soon as the location of work is determined.
Any day work required will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a flagging operation to assist in traffic control.

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

For More Information Please Visit Caltrans 8 Facebook Page

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

Plan Ahead

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.

Latest Information At: CalTrans District 8 Facebook Page and CalTrans District 8 Twitter Page

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