I-5 HOV Improvement Project (Magnolia Blvd. to SR-134): Nightly Closures of Verdugo Avenue

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Burbank – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close Verdugo Avenue between Front Street and First Street to paint the girders of Verdugo Avenue overcrossing during the following days and times:

  • Sunday, February 15 to Thursday, February 19, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 22 to Thursday, February 26, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

About the Project
This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction).

Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.

Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction.

Pile Driving for I-5 Empire Project in Burbank to Begin January 12, 2015

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BURBANK - Pile driving to widen the Buena Vista Street Bridge in Burbank will begin January 12, 2015, near the N. Buena Vista Street/Winona Avenue intersection under I-5. (See map below.) The work is part of Caltrans’ I-5 Empire Project and is necessary to construct the foundation for the widened bridge, which will accommodate new carpool lanes in both directions of I-5.


Northbound Buena Vista Street 18-Month Parking Removal

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What: Street parking on a segment of northbound Buena Vista Street will be removed temporarily from Winona Avenue to 200 feet north of the I-5 on-ramp. About 17 parking spaces will be affected.

When: Parking will be prohibited in the designated area from, tentatively, April 28, 2014, through November 2015. This parking restriction will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If the parking restriction is implemented later than April 28, an update will be posted on the I-5 website (I-5info.com).

Why: The Buena Vista Street northbound travel lane will be shifted to the right, eliminating the parking lane temporarily. The shift allows Caltrans to add a second northbound left-turn lane from Buena Vista Street to the I-5 on-ramp. The second left-turn lane is needed to reduce congestion and enhance safety during construction of the railroad grade separation at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard (part of the Empire Project). The parking lane will be restored.

Other Parking Options: Parking is available on side streets, such as Tulare Ave., N. Frederic Street and Brighton Street, and on Buena Vista Street north of the I-5 ramps.

About the Project
The Empire Project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, including: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstruction and widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, and more. Information about the project is at I-5info.com.

Visit the I-5 website for more information. You can also call and email us. See contacts below.  Website: I-5info.com Select “Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street”  Toll-Free I-5 Info Line: (855) 454-6335, option 2  Email: Click on ‘Contact Us’ at the website above. Caltrans thanks you for your patience and understanding.

Dates are subject to change. Sign up to receive automatic project updates by email at I-5info.com or by calling the Toll-free I-5 Info Line. April 2014

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