By Allison Jarrell

In observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day holidays, there will be no closures from Wednesday, Dec. 31, to Saturday, Jan. 3. Regularly scheduled closures will resume on Sunday, Jan 4.

Clearing and grubbing has concluded on northbound I-5 between Vista Hermosa and Pacific Coast Highway/Camino Las Ramblas, according to an Orange County Transportation Authority update. Crews have switched to the southbound I-5 in the same area and will continue clearing and grubbing activities through the end of the year.

Crews are expected to begin hauling dirt soon on the I-5 freeway between Pacific Coast Highway / Camino Las Ramblas and Avenida Pico. The dirt will be transported to the La Pata Extension Project, where it will be used to grade the road that will connect San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. This work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for approximately five months, excluding major holidays.

Construction on the La Pata Extension Project has begun with work that will extend the existing La Pata Avenue just south of Vista Montana to Calle Saluda with four new travel lanes for approximately 2.27 miles. This year, crews are expected to move over 260,000 cubic yards of dirt on a daily basis during the construction project during this phase of the work. The phase is expected to be completed in fall 2016. For updates, visit

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