Project Overview

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Project Overview

The La Pata Avenue Gap Closure and Camino Del Rio Extension Project is designed to complete the planned improvements for La Pata Avenue and Camino Del Rio, as identified in the County of Orange Master Plan of Arterial Highways and as shown in the figure below. The proposed improvements will ease local traffic while minimizing environmental impacts on the area's high quality of life.

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Current Status

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the Plans and Specifications for the Project on August 20, 2013 and awarded the construction contract on December 10, 2013.


Latest News:

August 1, 2014 
La Pata Extension Project Update

News ImageConstruction of the La Pata Extension Project continues on the La Pata Gap Connector Phase. Clearing and grubbing has been completed and the contractor has completed 50% of refuse removal at the Prima Deshecha Landfill to make room for the new La Pata Avenue. Construction activities for the next six months will include earthwork, drainage improvements, refuse removal, utility relocations, and bridge construction.


July 30, 2014 
Updated Trail Closure Map

News ImageThe trail closure map for the La Pata Extension Project has been updated. The Prima Deshecha Trail will be closed until Fall 2016 at the locations shown on the map. The Forster Ridgeline Trail will remain open to the public. We appreciate your patience and support during construction of the Project.


June 5, 2014 
La Pata Gap Connector Update

News ImageConstruction continues for the La Pata Gap Connector Phase. This phase is expected to be completed in Fall 2016. Below are the details of the project’s construction activities for the upcoming weeks:

REPORTING PERIOD: Monday, June 2 to Friday, June 20, 2014, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


May 5, 2014 
La Pata Gap Connector Phase Begins!

News ImageThe contractor of La Pata Extension Project has begun the construction of the La Pata Gap Connector Phase that will extend the existing La Pata Avenue just south of Vista Montana to Calle Saluda with four new travel lanes for approximately 2.27 miles. The phase is expected to be completed in Fall 2016. Below are the details of the project’s construction activities for the upcoming weeks:
WHEN: May 1 to May 16, 2014, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


April 22, 2014 
Prima Deshecha Landfill Update

News ImageDear Neighbor,
As many of you will recall, OC Waste & Recycling had the opportunity to meet with Rancho San Juan residents on the evening of February 20, 2014. During this meeting, OC Waste & Recycling staff discussed the many best management practices that were being implemented and considered to address any inconvenience you may experience from our landfill operations. We realize that not all residents were able to attend that meeting and invite each of you to view the presentation provided that evening on the Prima Deshecha Landfill webpage located at http://oclandfills.com/landfill/active/deshecha.


April 4, 2014 
LA PATA EXTENSION PROJECT – Transportation Relief Coming to Orange County

News ImageSOUTH ORANGE COUNTY – OC Public Works broke ground today on the La Pata Extension Project; the project will increase Orange County’s regional mobility by providing a north-south alternative to Interstate 5 and eliminating the existing gap between Ortega Highway to the north and Avenida Vista Hermosa to the south.


March 25, 2014 
Trail Closures

News ImageBeginning Spring of 2014, the County of Orange Public Works Department will break ground on the La Pata Avenue Gap Closure and Camino Del Rio Extension Project. The Initial Phase of the project is expected to be completed by Fall 2016. During this period, the Prima Deshecha and Forster Ridgeline Trails will be closed at the locations shown on the map. We appreciate your patience and support during construction of the Project.


February 24, 2014 
La Pata Community Letter

News ImageIn Spring 2014, the County of Orange Public Works Department will break ground on an important transportation project - the La Pata Avenue Gap Closure and Camino Del Rio Extension Project (Project). The Project will improve South County mobility and reduce local traffic congestion by providing a north/south alternative for daily commuters and will ultimately provide an alternative access route in the event of an emergency, and will benefit the community by providing improved access to schools, residences, commercial areas, and recreational amenities.


November 19, 2013 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting Item S22A

Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting Item S22A.
S22A. OC Public Works - Consider whether to award contract to Papich Construction Company Board rejected all bids and authorize the Project.


February 15, 2012 
La Pata Gap Closure and Camino Del Rio Extension Update

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