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VIDEO: Dignitaries Crack Whip, Break Ground to Start Construction on I-5

A $249 million project seeks to alleviate traffic jams in South Orange County, especially on the weekends.

Dignitaries line up to be the first to break ground on the new I-5 Freeway project in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Dignitaries line up to be the first to break ground on the new I-5 Freeway project in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo

South Orange County commuters will see more traffic relief – after some initial construction-related traffic congestion—along the Interstate 5 Freeway.

With the roar of the freeway, Orange County leaders on Wednesday kicked off a $249 million project to alleviate the jams, which can often be worse on the weekends than weekdays.

The project, expected to take 2 ½ years to complete, will add a carpool lane in both directionsbetween San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Pico in San Clemente.

Workers will also reconstruct the Avenida Pico interchange and add soundwalls where needed.

Jill McGovern January 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Gets us from one traffic jam to the next...need better solution for the thousands of cars that drive these roads...
Paul w January 31, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Here's an idea, how about...instead of taking pictures of yourselves in suites with a shovel in hand (which looks played and dumb) and patting yourselves on your backs because you finally made a decision...just getting to work quietly on the project that you use our tax dollars to create? Sound reasonable?

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