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State Route 74 at Nichols Institute daytime weekend closure February 4-5 and 25-26

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues work on State Route 74 (SR-74; Ortega Highway) in Orange County at Nichols Institute to the Riverside County line (Candy Store). Ortega Highway will be closed from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (14-hours) on both Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5; and February 25 and 26. Only local residents will be allowed through the closure from Orange County, guided by a pilot vehicle. Through traffic will need to use one of the detours below. Message signs will be located at intersections leading up to Nichols Institute and Riverside County line (Candy Store) to advise motorists to take alternative routes.

Detour Information:

  • Detour 1: Southbound I-5 to eastbound SR-76 to northbound I-15. 
  • Detour 2: Northbound I-5 to northbound SR-55 to eastbound SR-91 to southbound I-15.

Please obey all posted signs and traffic instructions for the safety of Caltrans crews and travelers.

Caltrans appreciates the public’s patience while we perform this work. Electronic changeable messages signs will notify drivers of the closure. The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. 

For more information and updates, you may contact the District 12 Public Information Office via email at D12PIO@dot.ca.gov or on social media: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Nathan Abler at (657) 650-5146 or TTY 711.

This article was released by Caltrans.