Newest Closures and Detours for Empire Project

By On September 22, 2014

image003(1)The construction activities and closures listed below will occur during the week of September 22-26, 2014, as part of the I-5 Empire Project in Burbank, a series of freeway improvements between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. More information about the project is here. Construction activities and closures are subject to change

Major Construction Activities for the Week of September 22-26, 2014 (day work only)

§  Retaining wall work at the following locations: near the I-5 Buena Vista Street off-ramp and on-ramp (footing pour); near the southbound I-5 Burbank Boulevard off-ramp; and near San Fernando Boulevard south of Buena Vista Street, north of the pump station.

§  Placement of conduit on Victory Place north of Empire Avenue, west of the railroad tracks, and on Empire Avenue near Wilson Avenue by Liberman Broadcasting.

§  Slurry pour in the northbound San Fernando tunnel area. Potholing (excavating to locate utilities) in the southbound San Fernando tunnel area.

§  Demolition of pump house. Expect noise and vibration.

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

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.

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 the Week of September 22-26, 2014

Street Closures (near Empire Center)

  • Empire Avenue will have one travel lane in each direction at all times.

Permanent I-5 Ramp Closures

  • Northbound Burbank Boulevard/Walnut Avenue on-ramp
  • Southbound Scott Road off-ramp: This ramp will be integrated into the Empire interchange, which will open in mid-2016
  • Southbound Victory Place/Lincoln Street on-ramp: This ramp will be integrated into the Empire interchange, which will open in mid-2016


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,, or call 5-1-1.

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