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La Pata Gap Closure Update: Construction Will Start in January

The long awaited La Pata Gap Closure project looks ready to start construction in January of 2014. For anyone not familiar with this project, OC Public Works describes it as follows:

The County of Orange in May of 2011 approved a Project Report and Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for a proposed project that [...]

Supervisor Bates on La Pata Gap Closure Project

Astute readers will recognize that nothing below is inconsistent with what we reported back in August, but the letter below (sent by Supervisor Patricia Bates to the Ladera Ranch Civic Council) confirms that the La Pata Gap Closure project is out for bid, with an estimated construction schedule of three years.

We know that [...]

La Pata Gap Closure Project Will Solicit Construction Bids

The Orange County Board of Supervisors recently authorized the county clerk to advertise the La Pata Gap Closure project for bids. Bid opening will be October 23, 2013 and the terms of at least one of the grants requires the County to award the construction contract by December 11, 2013.

For those of you not [...]

Capistrano Dispatch Article on Rancho Mission Viejo Grand Opening

There is some early media coverage of this weekend’s big grand opening in Rancho Mission Viejo. The Capistrano Dispatch published a lengthy and well-written article that is full of information and updates. Below are some key excerpts about some of the subjects we have been discussing lately, but we have only scratched the surface. Please [...]

The Sendero Apartments at Antonio and Ortega Have a Name: Sendero Gateway Apartments

We’ve emphasized the importance of the intersection at Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway before and we are excited about recent developments. First, Rancho Mission Viejo Company has done a beautiful job with the “Rancho Mission Viejo” entry monument, the new orchard plantings and the ranch-style fencing painted in a dark green color that I am [...]

La Pata Gap Closure Could Be Finished by Late 2015

“When will the La Pata Gap Closure be finished?” This is one of the most common questions we receive by email, and one we have not seen a reliable answer for — until this morning. At this morning’s San Juan Chamber of Commerce Networking breakfast, “Harry Persaud of OC Public Works says [the] La Pata [...]

Latest Developments on Cow Camp Road and the La Pata Gap Closure

Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates’ office has provided recent updates on two key South County road projects. First, with regard to construction of Cow Camp Road:

The Board approved a Construction Reimbursement Agreement with Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV) for the construction of Cow Camp Road.

The total estimated cost for Cow Camp Road Segment 1 [...]

La Pata Gap Closure Update

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is working with stakeholders to resolve easement and access concerns at the project site, in particular with SDG&E and SCE. Further, a second stakeholder group is working to resolve geographical issues between the Cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, as well as the operators of the Prima [...]

Construction of the 241 Tesoro Extension May Begin This Summer

In 2008, the California Coastal Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce rejected the proposed alignment of the 241 Toll Road that would have connected it to I-5 south of San Clemente. The Transportation Corridor Agencies have now proposed to complete the 241 in segments, with the first segment extending the 241 from its current end-point [...]

A Summary of the I-5/Avenida Pico Project and a Glimpse at Future South County Transportation Improvement Projects

While San Juan Capistrano and surrounding communities prepare for “Carmageddon” in the form of the Ortega/I-5 interchange project, Caltrans and OCTA have several other major South County transportation improvement projects in the works. While some are substantial projects in their own right, the good news is that none of them pose the same risk of [...]