The City Council has voted to hire five engineering firms to design 22 street reconstruction projects as part of a major roadway improvement.
The work will be part of an 18-year, $49 million project launched in July 1995 to rehabilitate and restore about 60 miles of aging streets in San Clemente.
This year, the city expects to spend $11 million on street improvements, with $15 million more slated for next year.
So far, the program is ahead of schedule, officials said, with 15 street projects completed and 10 under construction.
--BY JOHN POPE, DEBRA CANO AND KIMBERLY BROWER