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VIDEO: Dignitaries Crack Whip, Break Ground to Start Construction on I-5

A $249 million project seeks to alleviate traffic jams through San Clemente, especially on the weekends.

Dignitaries line up to be the first to break ground on the new I-5 Freeway project in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Dignitaries line up to be the first to break ground on the new I-5 Freeway project in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo

You know how you’re driving north toward Los Angeles on the I-5 and you always get jammed up in San Clemente?

With the roar of the freeway, Orange County leaders on Wednesday kicked off a $249 million project to alleviate the snarls, which can often be worse on the weekends than weekdays.

The project, expected to take 2 ½ years to complete, will add a carpool lane in both directions between San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Pico in San Clemente.

Workers will also reconstruct the Avenida Pico interchange and add soundwalls, where needed.

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