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Traffic Congestion Expected During 2-Month Caltrans Seismic Retrofit Work on I-5 at Buena Vista Street Interchange Beginning Friday, April 6 at 10PM

A full weekend closure of Buena Vista Street at I-5 is needed to prepare for the work; when Buena Vista reopens Monday, April 9 lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction until May 2018

Post Date:03/29/2018 2:12 PM

Burbank, CA (March 29, 2018) – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) advises motorists to expect traffic congestion and delays during seismic retrofit work scheduled to start at the Buena Vista Street interchange on Interstate 5 in Burbank, and that Buena Vista Street will be closed for construction under Interstate 5 from Friday, April 6 at 10PM to Monday, April 9 at 6AM to prepare for the work.

Motorists are advised that when Buena Vista Street reopens on April 9, city streets under the freeway at the Buena Vista interchange will be reduced to one lane in each direction until approximately May 2018 for seismic retrofit work:

  • Northbound and southbound Buena Vista Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Eastbound and westbound Winona Avenue, west of Buena Vista Street, will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The weekend closure and retrofit work will ensure that the existing bridge columns are more resistant to seismic activity. It is part of a series of I-5 improvements in Burbank that includes HOV (carpool) lanes, elevated railroad tracks, and a new interchange at Empire Avenue. To learn more, please visit

Due to the reduction in lanes, significant congestion is expected on Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue near the freeway, and at nearby I-5 off-ramps, the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue, and the intersection of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Blvd.

During the 56-hour weekend period that precedes the seismic work, Buena Vista Street in both directions will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians between Winona Avenue on the north, and San Fernando Boulevard on the south.  Detour signs will be posted and I-5 on and off-ramps will remain open in the vicinity.  The schedule is weather-permitting and subject to change.

During the seismic retrofit work, traffic congestion and significant delays may occur at freeway ramps and on nearby streets. Drivers are advised to pay close attention to changing traffic patterns and are strongly encouraged to seek other routes.  Caltrans reminds drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

For more information about the seismic retrofit work, please click here


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