I-5 Empire Project: Upcoming Construction Activities and Closures


The construction activities and closures listed below will occur March 8-13, 2015, as part of the I-5 Empire Project in Burbank, a series of freeway improvements between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. All work will occur during daytime hours unless otherwise specified.

 More information about the project is here. Construction activities, closures and schedules are subject to change.

Major Construction Activities for March 8-13, 2015  

Through the end of March, excluding weekends, crews are installing metal plates and beams for shoring on the southbound I-5 shoulder near the old San Fernando tunnel. The work is necessary to construct the new Empire Avenue interchange. This operation will occur at night, Sunday through Thursday, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Residents may notice noise and/or vibration while this work is underway.

 Pile driving at Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue: This operation is now complete!

Leland Way Channel Cap: Concrete pour for soundwall and striping operation. Flaggers will be on site to ensure street and driveway access at all times.

Parking Restriction Switch: The street parking restriction will switch to the north end of Leland Way the week of March 9. On the north end of the street, between University Avenue and Broadway, parking will be restricted on both sides of the street at all times. On the south end, parking will be permitted on the residence side only. Signs will be posted.

Reconfiguration of the Lincoln Street/Victory Place intersection. This work is ongoing through March 9. Lincoln Street will be closed at Victory Place during this operation.

Drilling and installation of metal plates for the shoring wall needed for temporary railroad tracks by Empire Avenue. There may be some noise and vibration associated with this work.

Excavation for retaining walls between Empire Avenue and the southbound I-5 Burbank Boulevard off-ramp.

Concrete pours for soundwalls near the southbound I-5 Empire Avenue on- and off-ramps.

Retaining wall work near the southbound Burbank Boulevard off-ramp and the old northbound Scott Road off-ramp.

What to Expect: Residents and businesses close to the freeway may notice vibration and construction noise, but it will not exceed levels permitted by state, federal and local regulations. Also, the contractor is using approved dust-control measures to minimize airborne particles, but some dust is expected.

Please be attentive to closures, slow down, and watch for workers in construction zones.

Additionally, motorists should be attentive to new traffic patterns created by restriping of travel lanes and concrete barriers. Please proceed cautiously and watch for workers.

 Closures for March 8-13, 2015

 One lane of southbound I-5 will be closed between Buena Vista Street and Burbank Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • One lane of northbound I-5 will be closed between Buena Vista Street and Burbank Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Lincoln Street will be closed at Victory Place through March 9.

Resources for Motorists

Project Information: Information about the project is here.

 Closure Information: Closure information for this and other freeway projects is also available on the Caltrans website and the I-5 website.

Real-Time traffic Information: Visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov, go511.com, or call 5-1-1.

 I-5 Info Line: (855) 454-6335. Live help – not a recording.

For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures, slow for the cone zone, and move over one lane where possible.

Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction. For more information, visit My5LA.com.