Closures planned on Ortega Highway between Elsinore and OC next week

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LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - Beginning next week, full closures are planned nightly along segments of the Ortega (74) Highway between Lake Elsinore and the Orange County line, and motorists are advised to plan on taking alternate routes. "There will be a lot of excavation and a large ditch in the highway, so it cannot be used as a thru route," Caltrans spokeswoman Kim Cherry told City News Service. The $49 million Ortega Widening Project got underway in February, and in late April, the contractor, Watsonville-based Granite Construction, began a series of modifications that required nighttime closures on the roughly 17-mile two-lane corridor. Crews have accommodated residents, who have been able to come and go through the construction zone with pilot vehicles guiding them. That will change on
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