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In order to complete the widening of La Pata Avenue in San Juan Capistrano, a series of temporary traffic closures—about five minutes each in duration—will take place south of Ortega Highway on a daily basis beginning Monday, Oct. 3 and lasting through mid-November.

Orange County Public Works contractor crews will use these intermittent breaks in traffic over the next month to transport large equipment and project vehicles across La Pata to different project sites.

Crews are currently installing temporary traffic lights at the location of the stops—about 1,000 feet south of Ortega Highway. Public Works officials said in a press release that “traffic will be intermittently stopped and will be relieved as needed to accommodate traffic stacking.”

“These brief traffic stoppages…are necessary for crews to complete La Pata Avenue widening improvements as quickly and safely as possible,” the release states.

Officials recommend drivers use an alternative route whenever possible. However, in order to minimize the impacts on commuters travelling to San Juan Hills High School, temporary traffic closures will not occur during the following times:

Mondays: 6:30-8 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Tuesdays-Fridays: 6:30-8 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Public Works officials said updates will be issued regarding future traffic closures along La Pata.

For more information, contact Mario Garcia of OC Public Works at (714) 599-0618.

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