More Freeway Construction Coming Your Way On The I-5


Wednesday, Burbank Mayor Anja Reinke along with Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes joined Los Angeles County Mayor Michael Antonovich and other dignitaries along the I-5 to break ground on the I-5 Improvement Project. This project will put into place a High Occupancy lane from Magnolia Blvd south to the Ventura 134 Freeway.The cost is $57.8 million dollars and is being paid from Prop C funds. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Caltrans broke ground on new bus/carpool lanes on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. The $57.8 million project is financed by Proposition C.

“This project will encourage commuters to carpool and use transit, which will help reduce traffic congestion, gasoline consumption, and improve the air quality in the San Fernando Valley,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “The improvements we’re implementing will benefit residents, commuters, and commercial vehicles by improving mobility along Interstate 5.”

The project will build 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction) of new bus/carpool lanes (also known as high occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes) and construct sound walls and retaining walls. The section of I-5 between SR-134 and Magnolia Boulevard has an average daily traffic volume of nearly 250,000 vehicles. The project is expected to be completed in late 2014.