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Ortega Highway to Remain Closed Until Rain Lets Up, Spokeswoman says

Sunday update:  Caltrans reports that the Ortega Highway reopened Sunday.

Saturday story as follows:

The two-lane Ortega (74) Highway connecting Riverside and Orange counties will remain closed Saturday night and will be closed until the rain subsides, a Caltrans spokeswoman said.

The closure went into effect about noon Friday.

The heavy rainfall that saturated slopes along the highway, and brought mud and debris to the lanes, kept officials from reopening it, Caltrans spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo told City News Service.

"As long as it rains, (the mud and debris) is going to keep coming," Lombardo said.

The closed 30-mile section of the highway that runs from Lake Elsinore to San Juan Capistrano is used by an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 motorists daily, according to the California Highway Patrol.


—City News Service.

Eric March 03, 2014 at 04:58 PM
LE92530 - Excellent comment! Thank you!
Joy March 03, 2014 at 07:07 PM
"5 to 10 mph over the speed limit, this is the speed to travel for a motorcycle" - I didn't realize motorcycles were legally allowed to go faster than the posted speed! I'm gonna go buy one right away.
Thresher 200 March 03, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Joy, I should say, faster than the flow of traffic, given the situation. Usually about 5 mph... Notice that the motor-cops do about the same speed. Riding a motorcycle is much different than driving a car. The dynamics are totally different. It would be nice if you get a motorcycle, put I highly suggest you take a CHP approved course, first. Women make pretty darn good riders. Seriously, check it out!
DB March 04, 2014 at 10:12 AM
I use old golf balls for motorcycles that tailgate.....for cars...pennies work very well.....all joking aside.....it was so nice and peaceful up here over the weekend, no screeching tires, no sirens.....then Monday morning hit and it reminded us how many idiots actually drive the road daily.....
ChrisG March 04, 2014 at 10:22 AM
It seems more enforcement is on the way which is exactly what we need.

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