Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Overhead Sign Structures for New Empire Ave Off-Ramp Going Up

Base of overhead sign structure located on Leland Way.

If northbound I-5 in Burbank is part of your daily commute, next week you'll notice a crane just north of Burbank Boulevard on the other side of the new soundwall. That crane will be used to install the overhead sign structures for the new Empire Avenue off-ramp and the Buena Vista Street off-ramp just north of there. The new Empire interchange won't open until 2018, but the sign structures are going up now.

The operation will take about a week and will not disrupt traffic on I-5. If you live on Leland Way, however, some street closures will be necessary to accommodate the crane and other equipment. Details below.

Upcoming work: Crews will install two new overhead freeway sign structures. The signs themselves will be positioned over I-5, but the structure bases are located on Leland way. (See map below.) Please note that these signs will have no lights—they'll have a highly-reflective coating instead.

Construction schedule: Sign structure installation, which will require a crane stationed on Leland Way, will occur the week of November 7-11, 2016. Crews will work primarily 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Set-up work may begin earlier. Schedules are subject to change. 

Work location: Crews will work at two locations on Leland Way to install the overhead sign structures, one of which is at the south end of the street near the cul-de-sac, and the other is near University Avenue. (See map below.) Crews will work in one location at a time.

Why these signs are necessary: Caltrans is constructing a new full interchange at Empire Avenue. The overhead signs will direct motorists to the new northbound I-5 Empire Avenue exit and other exits.

Closures: For the safety of residents, motorists and the construction crew, street parking will be restricted when necessary to accommodate the operation. Please pay attention to signs. Flaggers will be on site to direct motorists. Access to homes and driveways will be maintained at all times.

Noise: There will be some construction noise, but it will not exceed levels permitted by federal, state and local regulations.

More information: Learn more about the I-5 Empire Project at 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