The highly anticipated and log-waited for connection of Avenida La Pata from the edge of San Clemente right in the border of Talega, to just outside the city limits of San Juan Capistrano at La Pata Avenue is beginning to take its completed form and expected to be complete by Fall 2016.
La Pata is expected to be four lanes (two in each direction), and the speed limit for the majority of the stretch will be 50 miles per hour.
The project is estimated to cost $127 million, paid for by state and Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M2 funds as well as various other funding. The road goes straight through land facilitated by the Prima Deshecha Landfill. The project will also widen the end of La Pata Avenue in San Juan and connect with Calle Saluda in San Clemente, as well as add a connection to Camino Del Rio.
Neighbors in Talega, Foster Ranch and San Juan Capistrano will sure benefit from having another access point to other main cities in Orange County.
City engineers said they hope the project will help take some of the strain off traffic backups that occur while the I-5 widening projects continue.