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Canyon Fire Day 2: Commuters traveling the 91 freeway will have to deal with several closures

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Chris Haire

Commuters trying to cut through Orange County from Irvine to Yorba Linda are out of luck Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, with the connector between the 91 and 5 freeways closed because of the biggest fire to hit the county in about a decade.

The 91 freeway to the CA-241 connector, which runs along the eastern edge of the county, is closed in both directions, said Officer Monica Posada of the California Highway Patrol.

The on-ramp of the northbound 241 and the off-ramp of northbound CA-261 at East Santiago Canyon Road, which changes its name from Chapman Avenue right before the freeways, are also closed, Posada said.

Also closed are the Gypsum Canyon Road on- and off-ramps of the 91 freeway, heading in both directions.

The 91 is open, however, though the slow lane is closed on the eastbound side as CalTrans crews make repairs, Posada said. It is unclear what those repairs are.

CalTrans could not be reached Tuesday morning, so it is unknown what the transportation agency is expecting the morning commute to look like. But the 91 freeway is typically jammed even under normal conditions.

CHP does have a SIG Alert – meaning traffic is expected to be jammed – for the area around Gypsum.

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