By Jim Shilander

While there is no definitive groundbreaking date as yet for the La Pata extension project to connect San Clement and San Juan Capistrano, county officials said Tuesday they expect the project to break ground this spring.

Officials from Orange County Public Works and other county agencies met with members of the public Tuesday at San Juan Hills High School to present information on the project and answer questions.

The project will be done in three phases, with the first being the closure of the 2.27 miles between San Clemente’s Avenida La Pata, near Calle Saluda, to La Pata Avenue, near the Prima Deshecha landfill in San Juan. The other two, including an extension of San Clemente’s Camino del Rio, will be completed at the end of gap-closure project.

County officials said the contractor, Sukut Construction, had not provided a definitive schedule, though preliminary indications are that the project will commence from the current terminus of the road at the landfill and proceed toward San Clemente.

Another public open house will be held at the upper campus at San Clemente High School, 700 Avenida Pico.

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