Monday, January 5, 2015

Pile Driving for New I-5 Carpool Lanes in Burbank to Begin Jan. 12

Pile driving to widen the Buena Vista Street Bridge in Burbank will begin next Monday, January 12, near the N. Buena Vista Street/Winona Avenue intersection under I-5. 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.


What: Pile driving is a common method of constructing structure foundations. To support the structure, steel beams (piles) are driven into the soil until reaching a hard layer of earth beneath the structure foundation.

Where: The work will take place near the intersection of N. Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue. 

When: Pile driving will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and most weekends. The work will be ongoing for approximately six to seven weeks, ending in late February.

Closures: During weekend work, the segments of Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue that pass under I-5 will be closed in both directions. Signed detours will be provided.

Impacts: Those who live or work near the construction area may notice noise and vibration during this operation. Noise and vibration levels will be measured and closely monitored.

Schedule Changes: The work schedule is subject to change due to operational factors and inclement weather.

Stay Informed: To get the latest information about pile driving and other work related to the I-5 Empire Project, visit Submit your email address through the website to get notifications delivered automatically to your inbox. You can also call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335.