Full weekend closures planned on Ortega Highway

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Both sides of the Ortega (74) Highway between Lake Elsinore and the Orange County line will be shut down beginning July 16. The 55-hour closure will start at 10 p.m. and continue until 5 a.m. Monday, July 19. Motorists, and residents along pockets of the Ortega, are advised to prepare well in advance because access to large segments of the 17-mile artery will be inaccessible, with very few exceptions, according to Caltrans. Additional weekend closures are planned through August. The shutdowns are required to enable crews to complete excavation work, removing and replacing slabs without interruption, Caltrans officials said. Earlier this week, complete overnight closures along the highway began, and those will continue through the summer, as long as the weather holds up, according to Ca
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