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Register Article on “Taking Out the Trash” for La Pata

The La Pata Gap Closure Project proceeds. While one crew starts road construction in the center of the gap, another crew works to excavate, move and re-bury trash that lies in the path of the roadway. The Register describes this process:

Amid heaps of tires, wine bottles, plastics, wood and other decaying, blackened garbage, excavators [...]

South Orange County Needs More Public Equestrian Facilities

This article in the Orange County Register laments the loss of equestrian facilities in Orange County, a trend that is as prevalent in South Orange County as anywhere else. The article estimates that near half of the public horse boarding facilities in the County have closed since 1984, with more closures on the way. For [...]

La Pata Gap Closure May Break Ground This Month

The long anticipated La Pata Gap Closure project may break ground early as this month. We’ve previously reported on the OC Board of Supervisors approving the funds and selecting a contractor for the road construction project, and now the dirt will start moving.

According to a recent letter to the community:

In Spring 2014, the [...]

Board of Supes Hire Contractor for La Pata Gap Closure

The Patch has some of the details here, but the short story is this: the project will take four years and cost $72.7 million. The end result will be a four lane road between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano through the Prima Deshecha Landfill. Sukut Construciton Inc. won the bid, in spite of not [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Update on La Pata Gap Closure Project

Below is an update on the La Pata Gap Closure Project, courtesy of the City of Mission Viejo’s Planning and Transportation Commission (minutes from June 12, 2012):

LA PATA AVENUE GAP CLOSURE IN COUNTY UNINCORPORATED AREA The County of Orange is the lead agency for this project which would extend and widen the existing 1.8 [...]