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:

February 17, 2015 
La Pata Extension Project Uncovers Marine Life Fossils Dating Back Millions of Years

News ImageExtremely rare discovery of leatherback sea turtle fossils is only the third known location in the state. See television news coverage here: NBC 4 and KCAL 9/CBS 2.


February 10, 2015 
La Pata Extension Project Update

News ImageImport has been progressing smoothly for grading of the La Pata Extension Project which will connect the communities of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. In an effort to complete construction-related activities at an earlier date and reduce potential impacts for commuters, the contractor import hours have adjusted.


December 18, 2014 
La Pata Extension Project Update

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


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