Mark Your Calendars for the Orange Crushpocalypse

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First there was Carmageddon in 2011. Then five years later, Southern California drivers had to face Coronageddon. Now, prepare yourselves for the very real, very annoying Orange Crushpocalypse.

The 5 Freeway will be closing for a couple nights in early August for the I-5/Main Street Carpool Bridge Demolition. “There will be a full closure on northbound I-5 between SR-55 and SR-22, a full closure on Main Street between Santa Clara Avenue and Main Place Drive, partial closure on southbound I-5 between Gene Autry Way to Main Street, as well as various on and off ramp closures,” Santa Ana city officials said in a July 24 news release.

Here’s the full closure schedule:

Friday night, Aug. 2, 2019
Main Street: Full closure, Santa Clara Avenue to Main Place Drive (10 p.m. to 10 a.m.)
NB I-5: Full closure, SR-55 to SR-22 (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
NB SR-55 connector to NB I-5: Full closure (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
NB SR-55 carpool connector to NB I-5: Full closure (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
NB SR-57 carpool connector to NB I-5: Full closure (Midnight to 8 a.m.)

Saturday night, Aug. 3, 2019
NB I-5: Full closure, SR-55 to SR-22 (11 p.m. to 9 a.m.)
NB SR-55 connector to NB I-5: Full closure (11 p.m. to 9 a.m.)
NB SR-55 carpool connector to NB I-5: Full closure (10 p.m. to 10 a.m.)
NB SR-57 carpool connector to NB I-5: Full closure (Midnight to 10 a.m.)

You can also click here for the Orange County Transportation Authority‘s interactive map of the freeway closures.

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.

7 Replies to “Mark Your Calendars for the Orange Crushpocalypse”

  1. The Orange “Crushcapolypse” occurs every morning and evening for all you tourists out there reading this. That Santa Ana stretch on both the 5 NB and 5 SB always gets backed up super bad.

  2. I don’t think anything should be suffixed with ‘-geddon’ other than LA’s Carmageddon — nothing else compares.
    That was a 53-hour closure — that’s over two days straight, no access to the freeway at that section was allowed at ANY point in the day.

    But Corona and Orange “-geddons” are hardly so — they are nightly closures that go up to 6, 7 or 8am — AND during a weekend, when there’s no morning rush-hour.
    The rest of the day, it’s fine.

    Just my opinion — yes, it’s worth it to announce in the news, but “-geddon” and ‘-ocalypse” is a super stretch attempt for clickbait.

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