Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Closures for I-5 HOV Improvement Project

Closures for I-5 HOV Improvement Project

Glendale The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the (eastbound) Western Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5, 10 a.m. Friday, April 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28 to complete the construction of the curb, gutter, and pavement inside of the on-ramp.

About the Project
This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and retaining walls.

Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.  Work began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

What: Street parking on a segment of northbound Buena Vista Street will be removed temporarily from Winona Avenue to 200 feet north of the I-5 on-ramp. About 17 parking spaces will be affected.

When: Parking will be prohibited in the designated area from, tentatively, April 28, 2014, through November 2015. This parking restriction will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If the parking restriction is implemented later than April 28, an update will be posted on the I-5 website (I-5info.com).

Why: The Buena Vista Street northbound travel lane will be shifted to the right, eliminating the parking lane temporarily. The shift allows Caltrans to add a second northbound left-turn lane from Buena Vista Street to the I-5 on-ramp. The second left-turn lane is needed to reduce congestion and enhance safety during construction of the railroad grade separation at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard (part of the Empire Project). The parking lane will be restored.

Other Parking Options: Parking is available on side streets, such as Tulare Ave., N. Frederic Street and Brighton Street, and on Buena Vista Street north of the I-5 ramps.

About the Project
The Empire Project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, including: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstruction and widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, and more. Information about the project is at I-5info.com.

Questions?
Visit the I-5 website for more information. You can also call and email us. See contacts below.  Website: I-5info.com Select “Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street”  Toll-Free I-5 Info Line: (855) 454-6335, option 2  Email: Click on ‘Contact Us’ at the website above. Caltrans thanks you for your patience and understanding.

Dates are subject to change. Sign up to receive automatic project updates by email at I-5info.com or by calling the Toll-free I-5 Info Line. April 2014

Segment of San Fernando Blvd. Under I-5 to CLOSE Permanently in Mid-May

What: A half-mile segment of San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank will close permanently in mid-May. The closed portion is the segment that crosses under I-5 between the Lincoln Street off-ramp on the east side of the freeway and the Lincoln Street/Victory Place intersection on the west. Check the I-5 website (I-5info.com) at the end of April for the exact closure date, or call us on the I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335.

So, this is PERMANENT?Yes. San Fernando Boulevard will be realigned so that it connects directly to Empire Avenue. There will be a NEW undercrossing at Empire Avenue that will open in mid-2017, creating a new east-west link.

Why: The closure is part of the Empire Project, which includes elevating the railroad tracks adjacent to I-5. Closing San Fernando Boulevard is necessary to construct temporary railroad tracks that will allow trains to keep operating during construction.

Affected Ramps: The northbound I-5 Lincoln Street off-ramp and southbound San Fernando Boulevard on-ramp will be closed permanently. The southbound Scott Road/Burbank Boulevard off-ramp will be closed and will be integrated into the new Empire Avenue interchange.

Detour: A detour will be posted to route motorists around the closure.

Congestion Mitigation: Caltrans is working with the City of Burbank to implement traffic circulation improvements on local streets — such as corridor timing and new signals — before San Fernando Boulevard is closed. Buena Vista Street will also be reconfigured to accommodate additional traffic.

About the Project
The Empire Project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, including: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstruction and widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, and more. Information about the project is at I-5info.com.

Questions?
Visit the I-5 website for more information. You can also call and email us using the contacts below: § Website: I-5info.com § Toll-Free I-5 Info Line: (855) 454-6335, option 2 § Email: Click on ‘Contact Us’ at the website above. April 2014

GlendaleThe California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the southbound I-5 (eastbound) Western Avenue on-ramp from 10 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 7 to re-pave and reconfigure the on-ramp.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

I-5 FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE

What: I-5 will be closed in both directions between Buena Vista Street and Lincoln Street in Burbank on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. See map below.

When: Lane closures will begin at 11:59 p.m. on April 12. All lanes will be closed by 2 a.m. on April 13 and will open by 4 a.m.

Why: The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of motorists and crews while overhead utility lines are removed as part of the Empire Project.

Alternate Routes: To avoid delays, consider using SR-170 instead of I-5. Motorists heading northbound on I-5 can take westbound SR-134 to northbound SR-170. Those traveling southbound can take southbound SR-170 at the I-5/SR-170 interchange, and then eastbound SR-134 to pick up southbound I-5.

Detour: A clearly marked detour will direct motorists who are diverted off I-5 during the closure and those seeking to access the freeway from local streets.

Signs: Electronic freeway signs will provide advance warning to motorists to allow them to avoid the closure area if desired.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Empire Project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, including: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstruction and widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, and more. Information about the project is at I-5info.com.

GlendaleThe California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the southbound I-5 Western Avenue on-ramp from Sunday, April 6 to Sunday, July 6 to widen the freeway overcrossing above Western Avenue.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

About the Project
This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and retaining walls.
  
Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.  Work began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction.

I-5 Corridor Improvements

Caltrans Website: www.i-5info.com

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