We’re not even finished with the current round of SR-22 Freeway closures (which will continue tonight and end the night of Saturday, Nov. 16) and CalTrans just announced a new batch that starts fresh on the night of Sunday, Nov. 17.
“For five nights, starting on Sunday, 11/17/19 through Thursday night 11/21/19, 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 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,” states a CalTrans news release.
Here’s what the new closures mean, and how you might be able to get around them:
• 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, us e 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.
The closures are all part of a new $20 million CalTrans project to make the Garden Grove Freeway safer.
“Due to a number of factors, there is a significant number of collisions on Eastbound State Route 22 between State Route 39 and Interstate 5 when compared to similar stretches of California highways,” according to the CalTrans website. “Most notably, the high volume of traffic contributes to an increase in the difficulty and delays that drivers face on this portion of infrastructure. The SR-22 Safety Improvement project proposes to shorten the length of the collector-distributor road and reconfigure Eastbound SR-22 at the Horseshoe connector. This work is the most recent in Caltrans’ efforts to improve the conditions on SR-22.”
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.