Anyone who lives or works in Burbank can't help but notice the tremendous amount of construction underway on I-5 in the area. Crews are working day and night—and reaching important project milestones. Three, in particular, have been completed or will be completed in October and November. Read on for details.
1. Burbank Western Channel Cap
Crews completed capping the Burbank Western Channel earlier this month. The cap is necessary to create space for the new Empire Avenue interchange and undercrossing, which will open to traffic in 2018. Here's the channel when it was under construction in 1959:
Here's the channel mid-capping:
And here's what it looks like with the cap in place:
2. Providencia Bridge Girder Erection
Crews are busy widening the Providencia bridge to make room for new carpool lanes on I-5. Here's a shot of what a girder erection operation looks like:
Erecting the girders for the bridge requires using a large crane. To keep motorists safe during the operation, a series of nighttime full closures of northbound and southbound I-5 is underway as well as intermittent closures of Flower Street. More info about the closures is here. Here's a detour map for the I-5 closures:
3. Opening of the Victory Place Pedestrian Overcrossing
Good news! The new pedestrian overcrossing on Victory Place over Empire Avenue will open in November. This is an important milestone for anyone who walks to the Empire Center from points north of Empire Avenue. You'll now have a much more direct route, making it easier to pick up a quick cup of coffee or burger at lunchtime. The sidewalk in this area has been closed for some time to allow the contractor to construct the new Empire Avenue undercrossing. Here's what that looks like:
And here's the new pedestrian overcrossing taking shape back in August:
And last week:
We expect to have the overcrossing open just in time for holiday shopping in November.
Friendly reminder: Please don't hop over the concrete barriers or move construction fencing in this area. Construction sites are very dangerous (even for the crews who work in them daily), and we don't want anyone to get hurt.
More information on the I-5 projects in Burbank is here and here.
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