SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

During its Monday meeting, the San Clemente Mobility Task Force, an entity that serves as an adviser to the different staff and policy makers of the city, examined what looks to be inevitable overflow traffic from Avenida La Pata once it opens in August.

The environmental impact report for La Pata estimates 13,000 trips per day. When the I-5 gridlocks, City Traffic Engineer Tom Frank said its likely people will try to divert to Avenida La Pata for a faster route.

“There are periods when (there is) congestion on the I-5 where you’re going to see a great spike in traffic coming to Avenida La Pata,” Frank said.

One problem, Frank said, may come from social media traffic apps, like Waze, that divert people from the slowest moving thoroughfare to other streets, which could clog up neighborhoods that feed into La Pata.

Frank said the city staff will discuss putting together a traffic alleviation plan.

Additionally, Frank reiterated that no outside trash trucks will be allowed travel through La Pata to the Prima Deshecha Landfill.

“The only (amount of) trash trucks that should be going up La Pata from San Clemente is about 25 a day,” Frank said.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of La Pata will take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13. There will be a parade with classic cars.

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