Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Empire Building: I-5 Improvements Coming to Burbank Next Year

Among the dozen projects now underway on I-5, one of the biggest is the Empire Project in Burbank, which includes a series of improvements:

  Add a high occupancy vehicle (HOV, or carpool) lane in each direction of I-5 between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.
  Construct an undercrossing and on- and off-ramps at I-5 and Empire Avenue.
   Elevate the railroad at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard to eliminate the street-level crossing.
   Realign and elevate the railroad adjacent to Empire Avenue.
  Reconstruct the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing and realign on- and off-ramps.
  Improve the intersection of San Fernando Boulevard/Victory Place at Lincoln Street.
  Replace sections of concrete pavement in both directions of I-5. All slabs in the two right lanes will be replaced. Worn slabs will be replaced in the two left lanes.

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When complete in 2017, the improvements will relieve congestion on I-5 and city streets, improve traffic circulation, provide easier access to Bob Hope Airport and shopping centers, encourage carpooling, enhance safety, and improve air quality.

When exactly will all this work begin? By mid-2014. Currently, utility relocation is underway in preparation for construction. You’ve probably noticed the work going on along San Fernando Boulevard.

If you’re curious about the project, there’s a bunch of helpful information here, including the Traffic Management Plan and a brochure that provides a good overview. Also, we’ll hold a community meeting a couple months before construction begins so that you can get all your questions answered by project staff.

In the meantime, check out the website (sign up to receive updates!), call us on the I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335, and look for us at community events. We look forward to meeting you. 

I-5 staff talk with residents about the Empire Project at Burbank's National Night Out on August 6.