If you’re doing anything that requires you to travel through the SR-22/SR-57/I-5 interchange tonight (we’re talking this evening, Thursday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 4), then you might want to think again. That’s because CalTrans will be closing a lot of that to do safety work on the SR-22 freeway.
Specifically, there will be a “full closure of westbound SR-22 from Main Street up to the La Veta Avenue (near Bristol Street On-ramp), a full closure of eastbound SR-22 Collector-Distributor Road from Fairview Avenue to SR-57, and the northbound I-5 to westbound SR-22 Connector will be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the next morning,” according to a City of Santa Ana news release sent out today.
Here’s a breakdown of the closures, and instructions on how you can avoid getting stuck in a mess:
• The westbound On-ramp for Main Street will be closed
• To access westbound SR-22, use the La Veta Avenue On-ramp near Bristol Street
• The eastbound On ramps for Fairview Avenue, The City Drive, and Bristol Street will be closed
• To access eastbound SR-22, use the Main Street On-ramp
• To exit eastbound SR-22, use either the Fairview Avenue or The City Drive Off-ramps
• To access northbound or southbound I-5, use the Main Street I-5 On-ramps
• To access northbound SR-57, use either the Main Street northbound I-5 or Chapman Avenue SR-57 On-ramps
• To access SR-22 westbound from I-5 northbound, use the SR-57 northbound connector, exit Orangewood Avenue, go west (left) and use the SR-57 southbound On-ramp to westbound SR-22.
Got all that? Anyway, click here for more information on this and other CalTrans freeway closures.
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He spent a dozen years as Editor of MauiTime, the last alt weekly in Hawaii. He also wrote three trashy novels about Maui, which were published by Event Horizon Press. But he got his start at OC Weekly, and returned to the paper in 2019 as a Staff Writer.