The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced this week that work on the Oso Parkway Interchange Project’s bridge widening on I-5 at Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills has been suspended indefinitely. The news came after the City of Mission inquired about the status of the work. The project is needed to relieve traffic congestion, improve travel time and enhance public safety.
According to Caltrans, officials are suspending the widening of the Oso Parkway bridge over the railroad tracks to allow the Southern California Gas Company sufficient time to relocate its 30-inch gas line.
“Caltrans anticipates the relocation of the gas line to take anywhere from eight months to a year,” the state agency said. Construction roadway work (including widening of the freeway on and off ramps) will continue as planned during the suspension. That work is expected to be completed by mid July. The City is in the process of contacting Caltrans to determine how the suspension of the bridge widening will impact the operations of the newly widened freeway on and off ramps once they are completed.
For more information about the project, contact the Orange County Transportation Hotline at 1-800-724-0353 or visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist12.