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Caltrans Commuter Alert: State Route 74 lane widening near Lake Elsinore

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues work on State Route 74 (SR-74) in Riverside County from the Riverside and Orange County border to Monte Vista Street just west of Lake Elsinore. Weather permitting.

Full nightly closures will begin Tuesday, July 6 from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. There will be no through traffic allowed during these hours. All motorist will be turned around at 10:00 p.m., there will be no exceptions allowed. Residents and commuters will need to utilize an alternate route each night BEGINNING AT 10:00 p.m. All passes will be INVALID! Access through the work zone will be prohibited during the previously state hours.

On Tuesday, July 6 work will take place at The Candy Store on SR 74. Please note that if you are a resident that lives at the Ortega Oaks RV Park and Campground, you will be directed to Orange County and WILL NOT be given access to go down to Lake Elsinore during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Please note that if you are a resident at Tenaja Truck Trail or a member of a community further east, you WILL NOT be given access to orange County. You will be redirected to Lake Elsinore.

Please remember this is an ACTIVE construction zone! The contractor will be changing locations nightly, which will affect the direction of travel for residents that live within the construction zone.

As early as Wednesday, July 7th the availability of alternate routes within this area of SR 74 my change – meaning, the construction zone will change nightly resulting in, some areas not having access to Orange County or Lake Elsinore, and vice versa. Please plan ahead. A new commuter alert will be issued with locations of full closure as soon as the location of work is determined.

Full 55-hour weekend closures will begin on Friday, July 16 at 10:00 p.m. and continue to Monday, July 19 at 5:00 a.m. Passes WILL BE INVALID. All motorists will be turned around and will be detoured around the full closures. Weekend 55-hour closures will take place every other weekend, July 16 – 19, July 30 – August 2, August 13 – 16 and August 27 – 30. All schedules are subject to change.

The contractor’s current work schedules will remain in place until Tuesday, July 6 when the full nightly closures begin. Crews will continue excavation of roadway and tree and vegetation removal. One-way traffic control with flagging and pilot vehicles will be in place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. During the hours of 10:01 p.m. to 5 a.m., the route will be closed for roadway excavation operations and will only allow access to residents with passes.This work will occur Monday through Friday, nightly. It is advised to use an alternative route to avoid these long delays such as SR-91 and I-15.

Commuters will be checked at the pilot car locations for proof of special resident passuntil Tuesday, July 6. Residents, please note, you may experience long waits and delays due to construction operations. Have your passes ready for review by traffic control. Please wait for the designated pilot car to escort you through the construction zone. Please obey all posted signs and traffic instructions, including the pilot escort car, as CHP will be on location and citing any offenders.

Any day work required will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a flagging operation to assist in traffic control.

Reminder: When the full closures begin, there will be no through access; passes will no longer be valid. All commuters will need to utilize the alternate route. The alternate route will depend on which side of the highway (Riverside or Orange County) the full closure is taking place. Motorists will need to utilize the I-15 and SR-91 to go around the closure and gain access to their destinations.

Additional future full 55-hour weekend closures and nightly full closures for the duration of the project are anticipated to occur. A future schedule is forthcoming.

For up to date information and to sign up for commuter alerts, please go to the website: SR-74 Ortega Widening Project.

Use caution and expect delays during construction hours. Law enforcement will be on scene to assist with traffic control. Remember to reduce your speed in and surrounding the work zone. Be advised, weather may affect construction schedule.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Caltrans Public Affairs at 909-383-4631 or TTY 711.

This article was released by the California Department of Transportation.