The La Pata Avenue/Camino Del Rio Extension Project extends the existing 1.8-mile portion of La Pata Avenue, south of Ortega Highway, approximately two additional miles to connect with Avenida La Pata in San Clemente at Calle Saluda as shown on the Project Map.
The Project will close the gap between the two roadway segments, providing an essential link in the local roadway network. The Project also includes the Camino Del Rio quarter-mile extension to the future La Pata Avenue from where it ends, just east of Camino De Los Mares. Both segments will be four-lane roadways. The Project will traverse parts of San Clemente, unincorporated areas of the County, including the County’s Prima Deshecha Landfill site, and is also adjacent to San Juan Capistrano.
The Project’s northern point begins just south of Ortega Highway at its intersection with Antonio Parkway and La Pata Avenue. From this point, La Pata Avenue currently continues south as an existing three lane paved roadway through unincorporated territory, just east of the City of San Juan Capistrano. The Project will add two new lanes to this section of roadway for a total of five lanes (including a climbing lane for vehicles bound for the landfill site). This roughly 1.8-mile existing section of La Pata Avenue currently ends at the landfill site. From that point, a new four-lane La Pata Avenue would extend south just east of the existing Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric power-line corridor. The Project remains east of the power-line facilities as currently shown on the Master Plan of Arterial Highways (MPAH) as it enters San Clemente's northern City limits. As the project nears the Talega residential development, the roadway curves west away from the Talega development as it crosses the power-line corridor. The project maintains a minimum 350 foot buffer from the nearest residential property to La Pata Avenue. Shortly after it crosses the power-line corridor, it turns south to connect with existing La Pata Avenue at Calle Saluda in San Clemente.
The Camino Del Rio Extension starts at the east end of existing Camino Del Rio in the Forster Ranch development in San Clemente. The proposed four lane road would extend east for about 0.25 miles to connect with La Pata Avenue at a signalized intersection.
The proposed improvements will provide access to Avenida Vista Hermosa, Avenida Pico, and Ortega Highway, and will ease local traffic while minimizing environmental impacts. All trail connections will be maintained, and a new multi-purpose trail is included with the project on the east side of the highway from Calle Saluda to Vista Montana Avenue adjacent to the San Juan Hills High School.
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