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:

September 30, 2016 
Construction Notice - Temporary Traffic Stoppages

News ImageOC Public Works contractor crews will need to perform a series of temporary traffic stoppages on La Pata Avenue in order to allow large, heavy equipment and project vehicles to safely cross La Pata Avenue for access to project sites. Please consider using an alternate route whenever possible. These project hours have been restricted to accommodate and minimize impacts to those traveling to/from San Juan Hills High School.


August 25, 2016 
Camino Del Rio Extension Phase of La Pata Extension Project Begins

News ImageOC Public Works launches work to extend the existing Camino Del Rio roadway in San Clemente's Forster Ranch community to the newly connected La Pata.


July 26, 2016 
La Pata Gap Connector Ribbon Cutting Celebration Update

News ImageOC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and OC Public Works with Inside the Outdoors Foundation cordially invite you to the La Pata Gap Connector Ribbon Cutting Celebration! Please see the updated flyer with event map attached.


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