April 12 - 17, 2015

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Construction activities and closures are subject to change.

Construction Activities

Work will occur during daytime hours unless otherwise noted.

  • Leland Way Channel Cap: Forming and pouring footers and barriers. Flaggers will be on site to ensure street and driveway access at all times.
  • Empire Avenue Interchange/Undercrossing: Through the end of April, crews are installing metal plates and beams for shoring on the southbound I-5 shoulder near the old San Fernando tunnel. The work is necessary to construct the new Empire Avenue interchange. This operation is now occurring during the day, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents may notice some noise and/or vibration while this work is underway.
  • Lincoln Street/Victory Place Improvements: Signal work. Lincoln Street is now OPEN at Victory Place.
  • Temporary Railroad Tracks: Drilling and installation of metal plates for the shoring wall needed for the temporary tracks by Empire Avenue. There may be some noise and vibration during both night and daytime hours.
  • Retaining Wall/Soundwall Work (excavation, concrete pours): Work will occur at the following locations:
    • Near the southbound I-5 Empire Avenue on- and off-ramps
    • Old Southbound Scott Road off-ramp
    • South of Buena Vista Street
    • Southbound I-5 Buena Vista on-ramp
  • Buena Vista Street Undercrossing: Drainage work and backfilling.

Concrete Recycling: Crushing of concrete near the old Scott Road off-ramp (day and night work).

Closures & Detours

  • Two lanes of northbound Buena Vista Street between San Fernando Boulevard and Winona Avenue from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Intermittent daytime closures of one lane of northbound Buena Vista Street between San Fernando Boulevard and Winona Avenue.
  • Intermittent daytime closures on Victory Place near Empire Avenue. Flaggers will ensure that traffic flow is maintained in both directions.

The right turn pocket from westbound San Fernando Boulevard to northbound Buena Vista Street will be closed for two years, beginning the week of April 12, 2015. This closure is necessary to implement signal improvements for the temporary railroad tracks.

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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