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La Pata Gap Closure Project Update

As reported in the OC Register here, the La Pata Gap Closure project is on schedule and making progress:

OC Public Works reports that construction of a $73 million, four-lane highway linking Ortega Highway with San Clemente is on schedule to open for cars by fall 2016. Thirty percent of the earth work between the [...]

OC Public Works Schedules Two La Pata Gap Closure Project Open Houses

The OC Public Works Department has scheduled two upcoming open houses for the public to learn more about the La Pata Avenue Gap Closure product and related construction. One open house will be held on either side of “the Gap.” The San Juan Capistrano/Ladera Ranch open house is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from [...]

Orange County Storm Center Resources

Those of us who have lived elsewhere always chuckle when a light Southern California sprinkle results in dramatic “Storm Watch” warnings. That being said, we’ve heard that the storms now making landfall have the potential to result in localized flooding and damage. The OC Register is predicting 3 inches of rainfall, bringing floods and mudslides [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

San Juan Chamber May Networking Breakfast Features Updates on South County Transportation Projects

The San Juan Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly networking breakfast. May’s event is tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 1st) at the Vintage Steakhouse (near the train station) from 7:30 – 9 AM. The topic will be South Country transportation projects, including updates on the Ortega interchange project and the La Pata Gap Closure. We know [...]