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Ceremony speakers highlight importance of new road connecting San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano; road opens for normal traffic at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14
By Eric Heinz
With the snip of a ribbon with a pair of over-sized scissors by local dignitaries, the Avenida La Pata Gap Connection is complete.
The 2.3-mile road project that took 20 years of contemplation and about two years of construction will open officially at 8 a.m. on Sunday, but on Saturday, Aug. 13, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the middle of the road to celebrate the completion of the project.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, kicked off the ceremonies with the pledge of allegiance. San Clemente Councilors Lori Donchak and Chris Hamm spoke to the importance of the road for transportation as well as safety issues. State Sen. Patricia Bates spoke about her experiences in trying to get the road built. And Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett spoke throughout the ceremony.
Local vendors and entities teemed the middle of the street, and a classic car show took place during the event.