As a public safety message reminder from yesterday’s OC Register regarding road closures in the south county:
The following roads and trails will be closed to the public between the hours of 06:00 thru 13:00:
- San Juan Creek Bike Trail – closed between Doheny State Beach and Calle Arroyo
- La Novia Avenue – closed between San Juan Creek Road and Calle Arroyo
Also being closed from 06:30 to 09:30 is: Northbound La Pata Avenue
Ortega Highway, traffic will be reduced to one lane between Avenida Siega and Antonio Parkway from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Eastbound Ortega Highway from Antonio Parkway to El Cariso Village will be closed from 06:30 to 12:30.
Not mentioned from the Register is that there was/is signage through Doheny Beach and Campground as well as the protected bike lane from Beach to Capistrano indicating that that they also will be closed until 16:00.
If you’re trying to get some miles in for the OC Gran Fondo, ride elsewhere, or take PCH straight through Dana Point and into San Clemente. Marguerite to Avery to Camino Capistrano to Del Obispo will get you there from the inland county, or you could take Marguerite all the way to Ortega to work your way through traffic to Del Obispo.
If you go out on PCH the problem will be on the return if the protected area is still closed because your access to Harbor is cutoff unless you take the sidewalk from Palisades / Beach, or ride the on ramp (watch for traffic coming from the right at the gore point) back onto PCH. Or, you could have a real workout and take a left at the dreaded Stonehill and take it through the rollies to Niguel, or take the easy way by turning left on Del Obispo (which turns into Harbor after crossing PCH) so you have the option of climbing PCH, Golden Lantern, or for extra bonus points, Cove.
We earlier looked at both websites for the City of Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano for guidance regarding closures and found nothing posted at the time. We are concerned because the current closures differ materially from the “strongly discourage” language used previously as can be seen in our original post about the event here. Each City referred our inquiry to the promoter, who assures us that:
“We have worked diligently with all agencies & cities to obtain permits for the use of trails, streets and a highway and to provide comprehensive advanced notification to the residents of Dana Point & San Juan Capistrano (and beyond).”
..so maybe we’re getting worked up over nothing because we didn’t get the memo.
Plan your routes carefully – it looks like a warm weekend and all the popular and safe southern routes are out of play this Sunday.
Saturday be aware of car parking and extra traffic at Trestles for the Surfing Championship.
Finally, the injured rider from last Thursday the 13th was registered to be in Sunday’s Tri, We’ve asked that her entrance fee be refunded from the promoter. We’ll let you know his response when we receive it.