Senator Stone urges prompt repairs on Ortega Highway

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – The closing of State Route 74, known as the Ortega Highway, continues to be a tremendous hardship for the thousands of commuters from Riverside County who use the highway each day to travel to their jobs and visit family in Orange County.

“I have been in constant contact with Caltrans officials both here in Sacramento and in Orange County to urge them to use the utmost speed to get this vital roadway open,” said State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County). “What is usually a one hour commute is now taking drivers two to three hours. This not only impacts their jobs, but the cuts into the time they get to spend at home with their families.”

On January 31, Caltrans issued a press release stating repairs are underway but likely will take about three weeks to complete.

A link to that press release can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kR2nEa .

Recent heavy rains undermined the two-lane highway in Orange County making the roadway unstable. The roadway has been closed in both directions since January 25th.

“Caltrans has assured me they will be working on these repairs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the road is safe again,” said Senator Stone. “I will continue to post updates on my Facebook and Twitter pages as they become available.”