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Bicyclist Dies From Car Collision Injuries

Burbank Police Traffic Officers gather evidence following this fatal accident that occurred Monday afternoon in the 1300 Blk of Alameda.
(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

On Monday, April 16, at 5:15 p.m., Burbank Police and Paramedics responded to a traffic accident involving a bicyclist who was hit by a car on Alameda Ave. between Mariposa St. and Griffith Park Dr.

Lenny Trinh, 52 of Burbank, was riding eastbound on Alameda Ave. in the designated bike lane when the driver’s door of a parked car opened, causing him to be thrown forward onto the ground. Trinh was then struck by a passing pickup truck, driving eastbound.

The bike lane the bicyclist was traveling in when he hit the door of the parked car and fell into the traffic lane. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Trinh was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and was soon pronounced deceased.

Both the pickup truck driver and the driver of the parked vehicle cooperated and remained at the scene to speak with officers.

It appears that neither drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

Burbank Police Traffic Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

President’s Visit to Snarl Burbank Streets Thursday

(Photo Courtesy Chester Brown)

(Photo Courtesy Chester Brown)

The Burbank Police Department is sending out an advisory the community of a traffic situation for Thursday, March 12.

In an effort to assist the public to avoid possible traffic congestion as the President of the United States travels through Burbank, the following areas of the City should be avoided when possible to prevent travel delays for community members:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Northbound & Southbound Hollywood Way from Empire Avenue to Glenoaks Boulevard

Will affect all surrounding side streets:

  • Thornton Avenue
  • Burton Avenue
  • Tulare Avenue
  • San Fernando Boulevard
  • Cohasset Street

Closures will be in effect starting at approximately 4:00 p.m. through approximately 5:30 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy Chester Brown)

(Photo Courtesy Chester Brown)

Big Rig Fire Snarls Traffic on I-5 Freeway

Just after 1:00 pm on this scorching Wednesday afternoon, Burbank and Glendale Fire Engines responded to a big rig fire on the Southbound 5 Freeway at Alameda.

Burbank firefighters work to put out a big rig fire on the I-5 freeway (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank firefighters work to put out a big rig fire on the I-5 freeway (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank Battalion Chief and Engine 11 were first on scene to find fire and heavy smoke coming from the rear portion of the semi’s trailer, with the cab already detached by the driver. Engine 11 quickly knocked down the fire which was believed to have been started by overheated brakes.

Fire crews and CHP had the right lane and the Alameda off ramp shutdown for the duration of the firefight and clean up by crews.

There was severe fire damage to the trailer after the brakes caught fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

There was severe fire damage to the trailer after the brakes caught fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

The driver of the semi was uninjured during the fire.

The tire from the trailer were melted from the heat of the fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

The tire from the trailer were melted from the heat of the fire (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Traffic to Get Worse Near Empire Center and Costco

Besides the usual closers that occur during the I-5 Freeway widening to accommodate car pools lanes, the first of the construction to an a new off ramp near the Empire Center is starting.  Caltrans crews are beginning to move pipes near the train tracks so the tracks can be raised over Buena Vista.

Lane reduction on northbound Victory Blvd, for utilities relocation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lane reduction on northbound Victory Blvd, for utilities relocation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Where: On Victory Pl./San Fernando Blvd. between the City of Burbank Animal Shelter and North California St.

 
When:
  • Dates – Ongoing through Fall 2013, Monday through Saturday
  • Time – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closure: For the safety of motorists and construction crews, this work requires the closure of one lane of northbound Victory Pl./San Fernando Blvd. The lane adjacent to the railroad tracks will be CLOSED. At least one northbound lane will remain OPEN at all times.

Business Access: Motorists will have access to local businesses at all times.

Here are other detours/closures for the I-5 Frereway:

Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures

Sunday April 14 through Saturday April 20, 2013

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Roscoe Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp

TIME:  7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Roscoe Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp

TIME:  7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Penrose Street Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Tuxford Street Eastbound and Westbound Off and On-Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Monday April 15th– Friday April 19th)

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound

Off and On Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Penrose Street Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Penrose Street Northbound and Southbound On-Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound

Off and On Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound On and Off Ramp

TIME:  10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound Off and On Ramps

TIME: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 from Buena Vista Street to Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard

TIME: One Lane: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Three Lanes: 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 from Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Buena Vista Street

TIME: Up to Two lanes: 8 p.m.  To 6 a.m.

Three lanes: 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures

Saturday April 13 through Saturday April 20, 2013

 

*SB I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Western Avenue Off-ramp will have a long-term closure. It is expected to open in May 2013.

 

*Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off-ramp will have a long-term closure. It is expected to open in May 2013.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Western Avenue Westbound and Eastbound Off-Ramps

TIME 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Western Avenue Westbound and Eastbound On Ramps

TIME 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off Ramp

Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue On Ramp

Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off Ramp

Time: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue On Ramp

Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Westbound and Eastbound Burbank Boulevard On Ramp

Time: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 from SR-134 to Burbank Boulevard

TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Four lanes: 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo Avenue On-Ramps

TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo Avenue Off Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Westbound SR-134 Connector to Northbound I-5

TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Westbound SR-134 Northbound and Southbound San Fernando Road

TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 from Colorado Boulevard to SR-134

TIME: Up to three lanes – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Four lanes: 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

 

▪ Southbound Burbank Boulevard to SR-134

TIME: Up to three lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Southbound I-5 Connector to Eastbound SR-134

TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo Avenue On-Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo Avenue Off-Ramps

TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪   Northbound I-5 Westbound Colorado Boulevard On Ramp

Time: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Westbound SR-134 at I-5 intersection

Time: Up to three lanes 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

 

Gatto Introduces Legislation to Better Manage Carpool Lanes

It’s happened to anyone who lives in Southern California.  A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty.  Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 405, a measure that will create a pilot program of sorts to ease such traffic congestion by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes) on State Highway Route 134, during non-peak hours.

A recent CalTrans report indicated that Southern California’s HOV lanes are not being utilized to capacity during non-peak hours, leaving single-passenger vehicles idling in slow-going or stand-still lanes.  Unlike Northern California, where HOV lane restrictions are in place only during peak commute hours, HOV lanes in Southern California, including those on the 134 Freeway, are restricted on a 24-hour basis.

Gatto explained that “carpool lanes are intended to increase the capacities of our freeways, reward those who carpool during rush hour, and protect the surrounding environment from harmful exhaust.  When motorists are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at midnight while carpool lanes sit empty, none of those goals are being met.  It just doesn’t make sense.”

Gatto’s measure would require Caltrans to allow single-passenger vehicles to access the HOV lanes on a five mile stretch of the 134 Freeway between the 170 Freeway and Interstate 5 during non-peak hours.

“The current restriction of HOV lanes to only high-occupancy vehicles or to those who can afford high-efficiency vehicles is an ineffective way to operate these lanes outside of rush hour,” said Gatto.  “California’s highway system needs to remain flexible, especially in areas where people drive the freeways at all times.”  Many commuters along the 134 corridor, which links the 101 Freeway to Pasadena and beyond, do not work traditional hours.

Gatto is also overseeing an effort with state and local agencies to investigate ways to address administratively the underutilization of HOV lanes in the region.

“Traffic congestion is almost always bad during rush hour; it need not be bad all night long,” said Gatto.

Providence St. Joseph Hospital Scene of Labor Protest

Burbank motor officers were standing by to make sure traffic was able to move around Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on Thursday after workers organized another of their lunchtime protests.

Noon demonstration by Service Employee International Union  slows entry to St. Joseph Medical Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

About 200 carried picket signs from the Service Employees International Union out in front of the main entrance to the hospital.  The demonstration lasted a little more then an hour.

Burbank police did not report any major problems or arrests during the demonstration.

Krispy Kreme Tuesdays Drivers Invade Empire Center – Close Surrounding Streets

Thousands of car enthusiasts from the group Krispy Kreme Tuesdays invade The Empire Center again. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police had their hands full after several thousand car enthusiasts, known as “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays,” showed up to a monthly car gathering at  The Empire Center.  They needed  assistance from Glendale Police, Los Angeles Police Department, and even the California Highway Patrol.

Glendale Police stop several motorcyclist that were racing, and in violation of several vehicle code infractions. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Shortly after 7 p.m., the crowd (which advertises their outing through a Facebook page) grew.   Burbank Police set up a command post nearby, which included gang enforcement officers.  Glendale Police motorcycle officers had to close the streets leading to the center.  A police helicopter was used to aid in the effort.  Several pockets of people gathered and police units moved in to disperse them.

Cars leaving the center caused traffic on local streets to became totally packed.  Police then found the cars leaving had gone up to the Kmart parking lot and Carl’s Jr. on San Fernando Blvd.  After police moved them from those parking lots, the groups of cars  wound up at the In & Out parking lot on First St., and Ralph’s parking lot on Buena Vista St. and Victory Blvd.

The area finally returned to normal around midnight, after  several drivers were cited and one motorcycle was even impounded.

Cars were photographed, videoed, looked at, smiled at, and admired. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Police Respond To Gun Store Burglary

Burbank Police responded to a report of a burglar alarrm at Gun World, 2412 W. Magnolia Blvd. at 4:40 a.m. this morning

Burglars had cut a hole in the roof of the store, which is located on the south side of Magnolia Blvd., just east of Buena Vista St.   A police helicopter was overhead around 7 a.m., as ground units cordoned off the area.    The police department’s “swat team” was called in to make entry into the store.

The ensuing police activity and blocked streets snarled traffic in the area.  Buena Vista was closed to traffic from Clark Ave. to Chandler Blvd.  Magnolia was closed from Brighton St. to Buena Vista.   Today is the last day of school for Burbank Schools.  Traffic around Edison Elementary School and John Burroughs High School was backed up for blocks.  Keystone St. was solid with cars from Burbank Blvd. to Magnolia Blvd. as parents attempted to get their children to school.

At this time police are still searching the store for the suspects.   Burbank Fire Department paramedics and an engine company were requested to stand by in the area shortly before 9:30 a.m.  Shortly before 10 a.m. police completed their search of the store.  No suspects were found.  Streets in the area were reopened to traffic.

 

Truck Fire at Burbank and Victory Snarls Traffic

Burbank Fire Fighters were called to the famous 4-point intersection of Victory Place, Victory Blvd. and Burbank Blvd. for this pickup truck fire that snarled westbound traffic this morning.  It took about 30 minutes before traffic was back to normal.

Burbank Police were called to assist with traffic.

Burbank Firefighters were called to the famous 4-point intersection of Burbank & Victory today for this pickup truck fire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Rose Parade Street Closures In Case You Are Going

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the following ramps and roadway for the 2012 Rose Parade:

Ventura Freeway (SR-134)

  • Eastbound Orange Grove Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to noon on 1/2

  • Westbound Orange Grove Blvd. on-ramp

TIME: 2 a.m. on 1/2 to noon on 1/2

Foothill Freeway (I-210)

  • Westbound Sierra Madre Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 4 p.m. on 1/2

  • Eastbound Sierra Madre Blvd./San Gabriel Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 4 p.m. on 1/2

Long Beach Freeway (SR-710)

  • Southbound Del Mar Blvd. off-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 11 a.m. on 1/2

  • Northbound Del Mar Blvd. on-ramp

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to 10 a.m. on 1/2

  • Northbound California Blvd. on-ramp

TIME: 6 p.m. on 1/1 to 11 a.m. on 1/2

Pasadena Avenue

  • Columbia St. to Del Mar Blvd.

TIME: 8 p.m. on 1/1 to noon on 1/2

 

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, be patient, and use transit or alternate routes.