Driver dies in three-car wreck on Ortega Highway   

LAKE ELSINORE – A 56-year-old man was killed and three others were injured today, July 6, in a three-vehicle crash on the Ortega (74) Highway just west of Lake Elsinore. The collision occurred about 7 a.m. near Decker Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lassig. He said the fatally injured motorist, a […]

LAKE ELSINORE: Ortega Highway maintenance to take place next week

LAKE ELSINORE – Portions of the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore will be narrowed to one lane next week while crews conduct maintenance along a stretch of the two-lane corridor, but traffic delays should be minimal, according to Caltrans. Agency spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo said crews will be cutting vegetation along the shoulders of state route […]

Ortega Highway now open

LAKE ELSINORE – The Ortega (74) Highway between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano reopened today, Feb. 15, following a roughly three-week closure due to storm damage, according to Caltrans. Caltrans officials said earlier this week that repair work on the roadway was nearing completion. The damage was concentrated on a patch of roadway a half-mile […]

Ortega Highway closed to through traffic due to sinkhole

A sinkhole about 5 miles west of the Riverside and Orange County line on the Ortega Highway has resulted in a long-term closure California Highway Patrol and Caltrans announced Wednesday, Jan. 25. “What we have right now is a hard closure on Highway 74, the Ortega Highway,” CHP Public Information Officer Mike Lassig said. “It […]