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The Camino Del Rio Extension that will connect Forster Ranch with the Avenida La Pata Avenue, will be open to public traffic on Monday, Jan. 9.

“The new Camino Del Rio extension is part of the county’s overall La Pata Extension Project and will significantly reduce commute times for residents,” a press release from the county stated. “Completing the extension of Camino Del Rio will provide another direct connection to retail centers, medical facilities, schools, recreational opportunities, emergency evacuation routes, the county’s Prima Deshecha Landfill and more.”

The city of San Clemente is continuing work on improvements along the existing Camino Del Rio.

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  • Tom Bonigut, San Clemente’s deputy public works director, said he uses Del Rio daily as he lives in Forster Ranch and his office is in the Rancho San Clemente Business Park off Avenida Pico. He reported Wednesday that traffic volume on Del Rio, so far, is not heavy.

    “I’ve not observed obvious speeders but we have received some complaints,” Bonigut said via email, “so the Police Department will maintain a heightened presence in the area over the next several weeks.”

    Yes it would be hard for Tom Bonigut to observe anyone speeding…….he sits in a office 3 1/2 miles away all day!!!!!

    Since this connection has been opened. I would say 80% of cars are speeding up and down this connector. I have even witnessed quite a few cars traveling in excess of 75 miles per hour. Just last night Sun 11/15 /2017 we had a couple of cars doing time laps up the hill …..probably hitting 100 + miles per hour.

    Since the opening of the connection, we the residents have not witnessed one single citation being written. The city did put up temporary speed radars but once the cars get past those radars it”s a free for all again. What we also worry about is there are no crosswalks for the neighborhood children to use for access to and from school or a friends house.

    I would be nice if Mr. Bonigut observed this road on a more consistent basis before giving his favorable opinion about the Del Rio Extension and putting the residents at risk. That statement makes it sound as if this Extension is safe……it clearly is not safe!!!!!

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