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:

November 2, 2015 
La Pata Extension Project Update

News ImageThe contractor will resume importing dirt for grading of the La Pata Extension Project which will connect the communities of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente.

September 29, 2015 

News ImageThis is a City meeting about City improvements to the existing Camino del Rio. This meeting is not regarding the La Pata Extension Project.

The City will be holding this Neighborhood Workshop to receive public input to help define project goals and objectives, performance measures, and design strategies to achieve project goals for Camino Del Rio. The project background, schedule, and purpose will be presented. Residents and all interested parties are invited to attend and provide input into the project.

August 14, 2015 
La Pata Extension Project Update

News ImageThe La Pata Avenue Extension Project Team is proud to announce that refuse removal was completed on August 3, 2015! Approximately 800,000 cubic yards of refuse were excavated and relocated to another location within Prima Deshecha Landfill to facilitate the construction of this project. The project will improve regional mobility for commuters by providing a direct connection between the communities of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente.

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