2 miles of Ortega Highway will be down to 1 lane all week for construction

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – For Ortega Highway motorists, the hits just keep on coming.

A two-mile stretch of the historic highway, which links Orange and Riverside counties, will be down to one lane this week because of $4.4 million in improvements.

Earlier this month, the roadway reopened after undergoing emergency repairs to fix storm-related damage that shuttered a stretch of Ortega for about three weeks. Last month’s barrage of storms left a stretch of the highway, also east of Antonio Parkway, sagging and in immediate need of repair.

The new roadwork starts about two and a half miles east of Antonio Parkway and La Pata Avenue and continues another two miles east, said Jocelyn Whitfield, a Caltrans spokeswoman.

Construction began Monday and is slated to end Friday, weather permitting.

The highway, two lanes in each direction for much of the way, will be down to…

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