Ortega Realignment Project will Present Major Challenges to San Juan Businesses and Residents - Online Presentation

Click on the SlideRocket online presentation above to view the update that Representatives of CalTrans gave on plans to improve and realign Ortega Highway and its I-5 Interchange at the Chamber’s March Networking Breakfast.

District 12’s Project Manager Nooshin Yoosefi, Design Chief Matt Cugini and Public Information Officer Tracey Lavelle gave a detailed presentation that covered the planned changes and a timeline of the project. The construction will have major impacts on Downtown San Juan which will have to go without its primary Freeway access for long periods of time.

The project will take place over a period of 2-3 years. During the majority of that time, the Ortega overpass will shrink to just a lane or two in each direction. For a short period the overpass will be completely closed to regular traffic – only a single lane will be kept open for fire and emergency vehicles.

Cugini noted that CalTrans does everything it can to mitigate the impacts but ultimately, it will be up to the community to plan for this substantial disruption. Chamber Executive Director Mark Bodenhamer encouraged members to take his advice.

“We’re all going to be impacted by this necessary improvement project. Its affect will be compounded by the challenging economy, but with smart planning on the part of our City and the business community we’ll be able to keep commerce moving in San Juan,” Bodenhamer said.

After the presentation, the CalTrans representatives spoke directly with Councilman Larry Kramer and Public Works Director Nasser Abbaszadeh. The group spoke about the importance of coordinating this project with others that will impact that area, such as the Plaza Banderas Hotel, and local road improvements at San Juan Creek Rd.

The Chamber hosts monthly Networking Breakfasts that feature speakers on topics of community interest. Past topics have included the Mission’s Gatehouse and La Sala Preservation project and the installation of Smart Meters by SDG&E. The breakfasts are held the first Wednesday of each month from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Vintage Steakhouse.



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