Empire Interchange Project Updates - Older Information
Caltrans continues to make progress on resolving several utility conflicts that have prevented the freeway contractor from beginning work on the project. Caltrans issued a contract to build the project to Security Paving in December 2012 to preserve important state funding, however, work can’t begin until several key utility interferences are coordinated and resolved first. Caltrans is actively partnering with Metro, the City, AT&T and Burbank Water and Power to develop a plan to allow utility work and project construction to occur simultaneously. The project has been temporarily suspended and Caltrans anticipates that the contractor will begin mobilizing in December and break ground after the holiday season in early January 2014.
The City’s sewer utility relocation construction in Empire Avenue is on schedule and is anticipated to be completed in mid-November 2013. The project involves rerouting a sewer line from Empire Avenue and Victory Place into the Empire Center. Construction in the Empire Center will occur at night to minimize disruption to businesses. Empire Center shoppers should be mindful of No Parking signs that restrict parking in certain areas of the center after 9:30 PM.
Work is nearly complete on relocation of critical petroleum and communications lines needed for the Empire Interchange Project. This work has required lane closures on Victory Place near the Empire Center. These relocations will allow Caltrans to begin relocating the railroad tracks along Victory Place and Empire Avenue.
City staff and Caltrans’ public outreach team continue to provide public information about the upcoming construction. Caltrans outreach personnel attended the National Night Out Event on August 6, 2013 to provide information about the Empire Interchange Project, and City staff made a presentation to the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis and have planned a presentation to the Burbank Noon Rotary service club later this fall.
Work on the southern section of the freeway (State Route 134 to Magnolia) has been delayed due to design issues that were recently resolved by Caltrans engineers. Now that these issues have been solved, Caltrans and the contractor are developing a plan to resume construction activities this fall, including reopening the Alameda ramps and fabricating steel for bridge widenings at Alameda Avenue, Providencia Avenue, and Verdugo Avenue.