I-5 Empire Project milestones
This short video recaps two highlights of the I-5 North Corridor HOV improvements – the construction of the I-5 Empire Avenue interchange which opened to traffic in September 2019, and the demolition of the old I-5 Burbank Boulevard Bridge in April 2020 so crews could move forward with construction of a new Burbank Boulevard Bridge.
This Week’s Construction Activities and Closures
- I-5 NORTH Construction Advisory – SR-134 to Buena Vista Street, September 25-October 2, 2020
- I-5 NORTH Construction Advisory – SR-134 to Buena Vista Street, September 18-25, 2020
- I-5 NORTH Construction Advisory – SR-134 to Buena Vista Street, September 11-18, 2020
- 7th Annual Community Open House on Sept. 17 - You're Invited!
- Burbank Blvd. Bridge Gallery, July-August 2020
- Gallery - I-5 North construction, June 2020
Schedule: Construction starts mid-2014
Open to Traffic: Fall 2021
Cost: $355 million
- Construct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV, or carpool) lanes in each direction of I-5 between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.
- Construct a new interchange at I-5 and Empire Avenue.
- Elevate the railroad at Buena Vista St and San Fernando Boulevard to eliminate the street-level crossing.
- Realign and elevate the railroad adjacent to Empire Avenue.
- Reconstruct (remove and replace) the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing with a wider structure and realign the on- and off-ramps.
- Improve the intersection of San Fernando Boulevard/Victory Place at Lincoln Street.
Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street
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The increasing use of Hollywood Burbank Airport, construction of the Empire Center at the former Lockheed site, and multiple other factors have produced impacts on both regional and local transportation networks, requiring measures to improve freeway access, efficiency and integration of a multimodal transportation system. This project was designed with an awareness that traffic exiting I-5 in Burbank was forced to use circuitous routes through residential and local city streets to get to the airport and other destinations, increasing traffic congestion.
This project will enhance I-5 in Burbank and improve traffic circulation by adding carpool lanes in each direction between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, constructing a new interchange at I-5 and Empire Avenue, reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing and realigning ramps, elevating the railroad at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard and adjacent to Empire Avenue, and improving the intersection at San Fernando Boulevard/Victory Place and Lincoln Street. The project will relieve congestion, improve traffic flow and provide easy access to Hollywood Burbank Airport and shopping centers.
Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2021. The project cost is $355 million.
BURBANK BOULEVARD CLOSURE
What improvements are planned for the Burbank Boulevard I-5 bridge?
The Burbank Boulevard overcrossing will be lengthened to accommodate the new carpool lanes, and the on- and off-ramps will be reconfigured. Also, the overcrossing will be widened to accommodate more street lanes, bike lanes in both directions, and a wider sidewalk.
How long will the Burbank Boulevard construction take?
Burbank Boulevard will be closed to traffic for approximately 14 to 16 months, weather permitting.
Will the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing and Empire Avenue interchange be under construction at the same time?
No. The Empire Avenue interchange opened to traffic September 30, 2019, and is fully operational. The Burbank Boulevard overcrossing will not close until early 2020.
What will happen to the off-ramps when Caltrans is reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing?
The northbound off-ramp to eastbound Burbank Boulevard will remain open except for a few short closures. The northbound off-ramp to westbound Burbank Boulevard and the southbound off-ramp to Burbank Boulevard were closed at the beginning of October 2019. Detours are provided for off-ramps and on-ramps whenever they are closed.
Will motorists still be able to access the commercial district?
Yes. Seven other freeway crossings in Burbank will be available while Burbank Boulevard is closed. Caltrans worked closely with the City of Burbank to develop effective detours for each project phase. Traffic will be monitored and adjustments will be made as necessary.