FLORENCE AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT
Construction activity is ongoing on sound walls and retaining walls along the northbound and southbound I-5, between Orr & Day Road and the Florence Avenue Bridge.
The week of Sept. 27, crews will begin retaining wall demolition and shoring activity along the Orr and Day railroad bridge, which passes underneath the I-5 freeway. This work will take place weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will be ongoing for approximately the next four weeks.
IMPERIAL HIGHWAY & PIONEER BOULEVARD PROJECT
Construction of the concrete barrier separating Union Street and the new Southbound Frontage Road is ongoing. On Friday, Sept. 25, cars will no longer be permitted to park on Frontage Road. Instead motorists are advised to park on Union Street.
Pile driving activity is ongoing along I-5 at both Imperial Highway and Norwalk Boulevard. This work is being conducted weekdays, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will be ongoing for approximately the next two weeks. While pile driving is underway, crews may close one lane in each direction at both Imperial Highway and Norwalk Boulevard at I-5.
ROSECRANS AVENUE & BLOOMFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT
Pile driving activity is underway at Rosecrans Avenue bridge at I-5. This work will require one more weekend of closures on Rosecrans Avenue. Work is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 26.
Pile driving operations will take place between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. The detour map below highlights the recommended detour route while Rosecrans Avenue is closed. Please be advised this work may be loud and disruptive due to equipment noise, vibration and pounding related to pile driving activity.
Rosecrans Avenue will be closed to all through traffic underneath I-5 on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please note, the I-5 on and off-ramps at Rosecrans Avenue may also be closed within the times listed above.
On Monday, Sept. 28 crews plan to break down the pile driving rig and move it to another area on the job site. In order to move the rig, crews must temporarily close eastbound Rosecrans Avenue at I-5, as well as the southbound I-5 Rosecrans Avenue on-ramp, Monday, Sept. 28 between 3 and 5 a.m. Motorists who wish to access southbound I-5 will be detoured to turn right on Bloomfield Avenue, turn left on Alondra Boulevard, turn left on Carmenita Road, then turn right on Firestone Boulevard to access the southbound I-5 on-ramp.
CARMENITA ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT
A nighttime full freeway closure of I-5 (northbound and southbound) at Carmenita Road, is scheduled next week so that crews can maneuver equipment across the freeway. Northbound and southbound I-5 will be closed from 1 to 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
Northbound I-5 will be closed at Valley View Avenue; motorists will exit Valley View Avenue, turn left on Firestone Boulevard, turn right on Valley View Avenue, turn left on Rosecrans Avenue, then turn right on Bloomfield Avenue to access northbound I-5 on-ramp. Southbound I-5 will be closed at Carmenita Road; motorists will exit Carmenita Road, on-ramp traffic merges onto Firestone Boulevard, continue straight on Firestone Boulevard to access southbound I-5 on-ramp
Next week crews will begin pile driving activity along the southbound I-5, for construction of the new southbound I-5 Carmenita Road on-ramp. Pile driving activity will take place weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please be advised, this work may be loud and disruptive due to equipment noise, vibration and pounding related to pile driving activity.
The intersection of Excelsior Drive and Carmenita Road is closed temporarily, while the intersection is reconstructed to tie in with the new bridge. Also, the northbound I-5 Carmenita Road off-ramp has been temporarily reconfigured. Motorists that exit northbound I-5 at Carmenita will be directed to turn right on Excelsior Drive, left on Spring Avenue and left on Pumice Street to access Carmenita Road. Click the map below for more information regarding the new off-ramp configuration.
As a result of the traffic shift onto the new Carmenita bridge, the traffic pattern at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Carmenita Road has been temporarily detoured; motorists exiting southbound I-5 at Carmenita will only be permitted to continue straight on Firestone.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the dynamic nature of construction, please note that all dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.
Closures and Detours
For information regarding upcoming closures, detours and other construction activity, be sure to check out the project Google map. This map will be updated in real time, with the latest information regarding project construction. Click the image below to view the map.
From September 19, 2015 through October 2015, crews will be driving concrete piles to construct a new railroad bridge over Buena Vista Street.
During work hours, Buena Vista Street northbound and southbound will be closed as follows:
- Friday, September 18,at 10 p.m. to Monday, September 21, at 6 a.m.: Northbound and southbound Buena Vista Street from Winona Avenue to San Fernando Boulevard will be fully closed.
- September 19 - October 4, 2015: Northbound and southbound Buena Vista Street from Winona Avenue to San Fernando Boulevard will be fully closed on weekends from Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. to Sunday evenings at 8 p.m.
- September 21 - October 16, 2015: One lane of northbound Buena Vista Street from San Fernando Boulevard to Winona Avenue will be closed on weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flaggers will direct motorists.
For more information click here.
Construction activities and closures are subject to change.
SR 134 to Magnolia Boulevard
Bridge Widening Activities: Construction of concrete barrier rails at Western Avenue and Alameda Avenue and construction of bridge supports underneath Los Angeles River Bridge.
Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street
Burbank Western Channel: Forming and pouring abutment wall.
Old San Fernando Tunnel: Removal of barrier beams.
Empire Bridge: Installation of falsework to support freeway bridge structure.
Victory Place Bridge: Installation of lagging and excavation for bridge abutment.
Railroad Retaining Wall: Pile driving for the railroad retaining wall between Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Way (night work).
Burbank Boulevard at Southbound I-5 Off-ramp: Concrete crushing.
Future New Empire Avenue: Excavation work next to Sharky's.
Southbound I-5 Retaining Walls: Construction of new retaining walls southbound I-5 between Empire Avenue and Burbank Boulevard.
Utility Work: Underground utility work on Empire Avenue between Valpreda Street and Keystone Street.
CLOSURES & DETOURS
SR-134 to Magnolia Boulevard
+ The south side walkway/bike path along the Los Angeles River will be closed Monday, September 21, through Friday, September 25, at night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. For more information click here.
+ There will be intermittent closures of the Alameda Avenue and Western Avenue on-ramps Monday, September 21, through Friday, September 25, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street northbound and southbound will be closed as follows:
+ Friday, September 18, at 10 p.m. to Monday, September 21, at 6 a.m.: Northbound and southbound Buena Vista Street from Winona Avenue to San Fernando Boulevard will be fully closed.
+ September 19 - October 4, 2015: Northbound and southbound Buena Vista Street from Winona Avenue to San Fernando Boulevard will be fully closed on weekends from Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. to Sunday evenings at 8 p.m.
+ September 21 - October 16, 2015: One lane of northbound Buena Vista Street from San Fernando Boulevard to Winona Avenue will be closed on weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flaggers will direct motorists.
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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