• Crews to Install Rock Netting Along Ortega Highway, Requiring Full Closure

    A five-mile stretch of the Ortega (74) Highway between Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore and the Upper San Juan Campground will be shut down in both directions for road work on Feb. 8-9, Caltrans announced Tuesday. The slope stabilization operation involves the installation of netting by crane to guard against rocks from falling onto the […]

  • Crews Begin Process of Removing Boulders on Route 74

    The Ortega (74) Highway between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano was shut down for a brief period Tuesday while crews removed several boulders that might have otherwise rolled onto the two-lane corridor, and additional removals are planned over the next few weeks. According to Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga, the “slope stabilization” operation […]

  • One Dead in Solo Vehicle Crash on Ortega Highway

    One person died Thursday in a solo vehicle crash on Ortega Highway in the El Cariso community near Lake Elsinore, authorities said. The crash was reported at 9:05 p.m. in the 32000 block of Ortega Highway, the Riverside County Fire  Department said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials said. No further details […]

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