Ortega Highway Expected To Reopen Monday Night Following Falls Fire

LAKE ELSINORE (CBSLA.com) — State Route 74 (Ortega Highway) is expected to reopen Monday night following last week’s Falls Fire, which burned roughly 1,400 acres.

Guardrail installation was completed five days earlier than expected, which will allow Caltrans to open the road from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily.

However, the road will be subject to one-way traffic control areas between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. until all repairs are complete.

Two firefighters and one civilian with a medical disorder were injured in the blaze, which started on Aug. 5.

For more information, visit Caltrans.

  • http://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=8286 California Highway Headlines: 8/2/2013 – 8/15/2013 « Observations Along the Road

    […] LAKE ELSINORE: Damage to keep Ortega Highway closed indefinitely. With 6,000 feet of guard rail torched and twisted by the Falls Fire, the Ortega Highway will remain closed indefinitely west of Lake Elsinore to commuters, a transportation official said Tuesday, Aug. 6. “More than a mile of guard rail is going to have to be replaced,” said Shelli Lombardo, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation in San Bernardino. “And we can’t let people on the road until the guard rail is replaced because it is a mountain road.”. Update: It reopened on Monday, August 12. […]

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