SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – For Ortega Highway motorists, the hits just keep on coming.
A two-mile stretch of the historic highway, which links Orange and Riverside counties, will be down to one lane this week because of $4.4 million in improvements.
Earlier this month, the roadway reopened after undergoing emergency repairs to fix storm-related damage that shuttered a stretch of Ortega for about three weeks. Last month’s barrage of storms left a stretch of the highway, also east of Antonio Parkway, sagging and in immediate need of repair.
The new roadwork starts about two and a half miles east of Antonio Parkway and La Pata Avenue and continues another two miles east, said Jocelyn Whitfield, a Caltrans spokeswoman.
Construction began Monday and is slated to end Friday, weather permitting.
The highway, two lanes in each direction for much of the way, will be down to just one lane in all in the construction zone, requiring workers to stop and motion through traffic…