Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Empire Building is Now Underway!

Planning for the Empire Project began more than a decade ago. This week, construction is finally starting. The $355 million project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. It includes elevating the railroad tracks, building a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, adding carpool lanes in both directions and more. 

What will crews tackle first on this massive project? The temporary widening of the Buena Vista Street ramps and restriping of Buena Vista Street. We expect motorists to use Buena Vista Street as an alternate after the closure of the half-mile segment of San Fernando Boulevard under I-5, so we're improving Buena Vista Street before the San Fernando closure begins on May 20. 

Want to know more? Learn more about the Empire Project here. Check out this week's closure list here. And sign up to receive the weekly closure list and construction updates in your inbox here (left column under "Stay Informed").

Visualizing what the freeway will look like post-improvements can be challenging, so we created this virtual tour to help:

Questions? Visit or call the toll-free I-5 Info Line at 855.454.6355.