La Pata Avenue/Camino Del Rio Extension Project

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Project Overview

The La Pata Avenue/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 improvements will reduce congestion and improve regional mobility in South Orange County by providing a north-south alternative to Interstate 5 between Ortega Highway to the north and Avenida Vista Hermosa to the south.

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The Project consists of three construction schedules which are as follows:

La Pata Gap Connector (Schedule A) - Spring 2014 to Fall 2016
Construct four new lanes, extending the existing La Pata Avenue from just south of Vista Montana to Calle Saluda

La Pata Widening (Schedule B) - Following Gap Connector 
Widen La Pata Avenue from three to five lanes, one additional travel lane in each direction, from Ortega Highway to just south of Vista Montana

Camino Del Rio Extension (Schedule C) - Following Gap Connector
Extend Camino Del Rio, a four-lane roadway, from its existing terminus to the newly extended La Pata Avenue

Latest News:

April 19, 2016 
County's La Pata Ave Extension nearly 90% complete

News ImageOC Public Works reaches 2-year construction milestone as extension portion of the major road project is expected to be completed in August 2016. View update for details and to see the project's photo gallery.


April 19, 2016 
La Pata Extension Project Update

News ImageThe La Pata Avenue Extension Project Team is proud to announce the project's Two-Year Construction Milestone!


February 1, 2016 
A "Peek at La Pata" hike led by the City of San Clemente and OC Public Works

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In collaboration with OC Public Works, the City of San Clemente hosted a "Peek at La Pata" hike for interested residents on Saturday, January 23. The fun event attracted around 250 people and gave participants an up-close look at the La Pata Avenue Extension Project.

To view the hike, the City of San Clemente created a video capturing the event.


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