Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Caltrans Breaks Ground on I-5 Empire Project

It's official: the I-5 Empire Project has started. Caltrans hosted a groundbreaking event for the project today, though if you live or work in Burbank, you probably know that work actually began last week, which is when the closures began. (Sign up to receive closure updates in your inbox at, left column.)

This $355 million project will enhance I-5 in Burbank and improve traffic circulation by adding carpool lanes in each direction between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, constructing a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing and realigning ramps, elevating the railroad tracks at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard and adjacent to Empire Avenue, providing a new connection to Empire Avenue, and constructing an auxiliary lane between Burbank Boulevard and Empire Avenue. The project will relieve congestion, improve traffic flow and provide easier access to Bob Hope Airport and shopping centers. More information is here.

Photo: District 7 Director Carrie Bowen (center) and elected officials and representatives toss the ceremonial dirt. Left to right: Eric Menjivar, Field Representative for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Jess Talamantes, Burbank City Council Member; Rick Backlund, FHWA Associate Division Administrator; Carrie Bowen; Ara Najarian, Metro Board Director; Dr. David Gordon, City of Burbank Mayor; Daniel Cedeno, District Representative for Senator Carol Liu.