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Southbound I-5 Closed at Night in Burbank from June 1-19 for Bridge Construction

Date:         May 28, 2021 
District:     7/Los Angeles and Ventura counties 
Phone:      (213) 500-5840 or (213) 897-9372

                          Southbound I-5 Closed at Night in Burbank from June 1-19 for Bridge Construction

                                       Drivers are Advised to Use Southbound I-405 as Alternate Route

BURBANK — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to close all lanes on Southbound I-5 in Burbank at night for three weeks beginning Tuesday night, June 1, for bridge construction.

The nightly closures will continue until June 19. Detours will be provided, and Southbound I-5 will reopen each day before the morning commute. The closure will be from the I-5 Empire Avenue interchange to Magnolia Boulevard. Lanes on Northbound I-5 will remain open.

The preliminary schedule calls for the closures to start at 11:59 p.m. and end at 4 a.m.; however, based on low traffic volume, closures may start earlier and end later. Caltrans will announce updated schedules on the project’s website,, and on Twitter at @My5LA.

During the closures, crews will lift and place 90-foot girders above the freeway at Burbank Boulevard where a bridge and interchange are being constructed for the I-5 HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle, or carpool lanes) project by Caltrans, Metro (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) and the city of Burbank. The I-5 Burbank Boulevard Bridge is scheduled to open for traffic before the end of 2021.

Drivers on Southbound I-5 are advised to avoid delays during the closures by using Southbound I-405 (the San Diego Freeway) as an alternate route. 

Other alternate routes include Southbound State Route 170 (SR-170, the Hollywood Freeway) or exiting I-5 at Hollywood Way. Exiting Southbound I-5 at Buena Vista Street or Empire Avenue/San Fernando Blvd is not recommended except for local traffic. Some ramps in the area also will be closed, with detours posted.

Times, dates and locations of closures are subject to change due to weather or operational reasons. Caltrans reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

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Published on: May 28, 2021
09:56 AM