Caltrans’ contractor will resume work on the Burbank Western Channel cap project this week. Here’s what to expect.
➤ Upcoming Work: Crews will remove the Burbank Western Channel fence and install precast concrete panels to form the deck covering the channel adjacent to Leland Way. A crane will be used to lower the panels onto the top of the channel, creating a concrete cap.
➤ Construction Schedule: The capping of the channel will begin the week of August 22, 2016, and will take approximately two months. Crews will work primarily Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Set-up work may begin earlier.) Some night work is possible as well.
➤ Work Location: To the extent possible, the crane used to place the concrete panels will be stationed on the freeway side of the soundwall, which means most of the operation will not be visible to Leland Way and Broadway residents. Due to space limitations, it may be necessary at times to work from the street side.
➤ Closures: For the safety of residents, motorists and workers, street parking will be restricted when necessary to accommodate equipment and materials. Please pay attention to signs. Flaggers will be on site, and access to homes and driveways will be maintained at all times.
➤ Dust/Noise Impacts: No significant dust is expected, as precast concrete will be used for this operation. There will be some construction noise, but it will not exceed levels permitted by federal, state and local regulations.
➤ Why the Channel Cap is Necessary: The channel cap is part of the I-5 Empire Project, which is implementing major improvements to I-5, local streets and the railroad tracks in Burbank. As part of the project, new carpool lanes and a full interchange at Empire Avenue will be constructed. Capping the channel will provide the space needed for the carpool lanes and interchange.
➤ Benefits: The cap will reduce the mosquito population on Leland Way and odors emanating from the channel. It will not affect the functioning of the channel.
➤ More information: Learn more about the I-5 Empire Project at My5LA.com. Submit your email address to get project updates. Questions? Call us on the I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335 or send an email to My5LA@dot.ca.gov.