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.


35 Hour Closure of Carmenita Road for Bridge Work

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Norwalk and Sante Fe Springs – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will only allow local access to businesses on Carmenita Road from Alondra Boulevard to Firestone Boulevard as preparations are made to construct a bridge over the railroad tracks from 6 a.m. Saturday, December 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 14.  All other traffic will be detoured around the closure.   

Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.  Please Be Work Zone Alert

The work is part of the $1.8 billion Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Projects to construct one carpool and one general purpose lane in each direction from the Los Angeles/Orange County line to Interstate 605. The motoring public, residents and businesses are encouraged to sign-up for notification on street, lane and ramp closures by calling the toll-free I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects information line (855) 454-6335 or by visiting www.I-5info.com

Nighttime I-5 Full Freeway Closure in Burbank on Sunday, Nov. 23

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BURBANK — Caltrans will close I-5 in Burbank in both directions between Burbank Boulevard and Buena Vista Street on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. while a Burbank Water and Power crew relocates an electrical utility line. All on- and off-ramps in the work zone will be closed as well. A signed detour will be provided. (See details below.)

Although the closure of ALL lanes won’t begin until 2 a.m. on November 23, lane closures will start on Saturday, November 22, at 11 p.m. and will end on Sunday, November 23, at 6 a.m. Motorists should expect delays in the work zone during this window.

The work is part of the I-5 Empire Project in Burbank, a series of freeway improvements between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. More information about the project is here. Construction activities and closures are subject to change.


Northbound I-5 Detour: Traffic will exit I-5 at the Burbank Boulevard off-ramp. Traffic exiting east on Burbank Boulevard will go north on San Fernando Boulevard, east on Amherst Drive, north on Glenoaks Boulevard, and south on Buena Vista Street to the northbound I-5 on-ramp. Traffic exiting west on Burbank Boulevard will continue west on Burbank Boulevard, go north on Victory Place, and then north on Buena Vista Street to the northbound I-5 on-ramp.

Southbound I-5 Detour: Traffic will exit I-5 at the Buena Vista Street off-ramp, then head south on San Fernando Road, east on Winona Avenue, south on Buena Vista Street, south on San Fernando Boulevard, straight to Victory Place, and east on Burbank Boulevard to the southbound I-5 on-ramp.

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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