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$700-million Interstate 5 widening project to result in major traffic disruptions in Burbank

March 19, 2011 |  1:46 pm

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I-5 project to roil traffic through city

Burbank officials this week signed off on a massive $700-million state construction project for Interstate 5 that will bring major traffic disruptions.

In one of the project’s biggest effects, the Burbank Boulevard bridge over the I-5 will be closed for nearly 14 months as crews reconstruct the overpass with new on- and off-ramps starting in 2013, cutting one of the main arteries into downtown and forcing widespread detours.

The California Department of Transportation must readjust the infrastructure to handle new HOV lanes on the I-5 between the 134 and 14 freeways.

The new interchange will be at West Empire Avenue near the Scott Road off-ramps to the I-5 and will connect Empire Avenue west of Victory Place to San Fernando Boulevard through an undercrossing with Victory Place, railroad tracks and the freeway.

"I-5 project to roil traffic through city"

-- Gretchen Meier, Burbank Leader / Times Community News

Photo: Interstate 5 in Burbank. Times Community News