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Caltrans Talks Traffic with Businesses

The state agency will be sending officials to meet with local shopkeepers about the Ortega Highway interchange project.

Caltrans will be hitting the streets of San Juan Capistrano this month to inform businesses about the upcoming expansion of the Ortega Highway interchange at the I-5.

With the project set to begin construction in early 2013, Caltrans officials want to make sure local shopkeepers are aware of the potential impacts, according to a press release from the state agency.

“Team members will be walking door-to-door to local businesses introducing the project, handing out informational materials and offering the opportunity to become part of the project’s email database to receive construction alerts and project updates,” according to the press release.

Caltrans officials to explain several upcoming projects, including the interchange, and its plans for managing the traffic with detours and public outreach.

Part of that public outreach is to sign up for regular email updates and construction alerts, according to the press release.

Caltrans will also hold a monthly business advisory meeting to provide project updates, answer questions and seek feedback. Beginning on Nov. 5, these meetings will take place on the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m. at , courtesy of owner Ben Briggs. 

Caltrans is hoping the $88 million project will relieve congestion and improve safety for both local and regional drivers. It set up a website for people interested in the project and even gave it its own Facebook page at and Twitter account (@Ortega Highway).

Lauren September 07, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Last I read, they were going to start on this in January before they finished the improvements at San Juan Creek. While I am in favor of these improvements, it is going to be a mess near the freeways for some time.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Read this article for more info about how the Caltrans projects overlap: http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/are-you-read-for-some-traffic
rob h September 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Why can't Cal Trans finish one project at a time and get them done right? Whoever is overseeing the not done on/off ramps on Camino Capistrano along with the whole situation on Del Obispo shoulod be forced to stand out there and direct traffic, then fire them.

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