SCRIP is the South County Road Improvement Program, a comprehensive transportation improvement identification, funding and construction management program to be phased with new development on Rancho Mission Viejo (and possibly other development areas in South Orange County, as needed).
SCRIP was created by the County of Orange and then adopted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in November 2004, concurrent with the Board’s approval of the General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, Environmental Impact Report, and Development Agreement for The Ranch Plan.
The Ranch Plan is a comprehensive, long-term, science-based open space protection/ management and land use plan for the remaining 23,000 acres of family-held Rancho Mission Viejo. In accordance with the approved Ranch Plan, approximately 17,000 acres of the O’Neill/Avery/Moiso family Ranch will be permanently protected as open space. The remaining 6,000 acres will be developed in a phased, planned community context over the next 20 to 25 years.
The goal of SCRIP is to identify, fund and construct road system improvements which are phased and consistent with Rancho Mission Viejo development so as to maintain specified Levels of Service (LOS) conditions at certain identified locations. SCRIP improvements will conform to the ideal configurations for these roadways as specified in the County’s Master Plan of Arterial Highway (MPAH).
SCRIP improvements related to the first village of Rancho Mission Viejo (currently referred to as Planning Area One) will be managed by the County of Orange on behalf of Caltrans.
Upon its approval, SCRIP established basic procedural and administrative protocols for implementing the transportation improvement program outlined in the County of Orange’s Environmental Impact Report for The Ranch Plan, pursuant to an approved improvement phasing plan.
SCRIP is funded by state and federal revenue in addition to revenue from private parties such as Rancho Mission Viejo. Rancho Mission Viejo is contributing approximately $145 million in development-related transportation improvements in conjunction with SCRIP. The funding component to SCRIP is intended to complement, NOT REPLACE, existing and future road fee programs in the South Orange County area.
SCRIP is administered by Orange County Public Works.
The SCRIP improvements along Ortega Highway (in relation to the first village of Rancho Mission Viejo, currently referred to as Planning Area One) will be managed by the County of Orange on behalf of Caltrans.
WHEN AND WHERE
Phase One of SCRIP has been completed and encompassed improvements to the intersection at Ortega Highway and La Pata Avenue/Antonio Parkway and was completed in the summer of 2007. A key component of this effort included the creation of a dedicated right turn lane on Ortega Highway to La Pata Avenue and an additional left turn lane from La Pata Avenue to Ortega Highway to provide access and improved traffic flow to the new San Juan Hills High School in the City of San Juan Capistrano.
Phase Two of SCRIP has been completed and encompassed the installation of underground utilities (including existing aerial, electric, telephone and cable television lines) along Ortega Highway and La Pata Avenue/Antonio Parkway. The construction was conducted along Ortega Highway, from the County/City limit to approximately 2,000 feet east of the Ortega Highway and the La Pata Avenue/Antonio Parkway intersection.
Phase Three of SCRIP is now underway and is expected to continue through the end of 2010. This phase will encompass several important roadway improvements along Ortega Highway at the County/City limit to approximately 2,000 feet east of Antonio Parkway as well as portions of the La Pata Avenue/Antonio Parkway intersection from San Juan Creek at the north end to approximately 800 feet south of Ortega Highway.
Specifically, the work under this phase will include the following:
- Widening of Ortega Highway to four lanes
- Construction of a new 300-foot long, two-lane bridge with barrier railing over San Juan Creek
- Stabilization of the Creek edge to secure trail and maintenance access for the County’s use
- Widening of Antonio Parkway to six lanes
- Widening of La Pata Avenue to four lanes
- Addition of a truck climbing lane on the southbound side of La Pata Avenue (to accommodate traffic flow to the Prima Deshecha Landfill)
- Installation of drainage facilities, water quality improvements and additional underground utilities.