Construction of Burbank Blvd. Bridge over I-5
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Crews are constructing a new, modern bridge for traffic on Burbank Boulevard to cross over Interstate 5 in Burbank. The bridge is scheduled to open to traffic by late 2021, weather permitting. Extended periods of inclement weather could delay the opening.
The greater length of the new bridge will allow for the widening of I-5 so carpool lanes can be constructed in both directions on I-5.
For motorists traveling on Burbank Boulevard over I-5, the new bridge will feature a total of ten lanes, with five lanes in each direction — three lanes in each direction for through traffic, and two lanes in each direction as turning lanes for vehicles about to enter I-5. The bridge will have a bike lane in each direction and a wide sidewalk on the south side of the bridge (next to the eastbound lanes of Burbank Boulevard).
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV, or carpool) lanes will be constructed on I-5. In addition, I-5 will be realigned to reduce a curve, which will increase drivers’ sight distance on the freeway and enhance safety.
New I-5 on-ramps and off-ramps at Burbank Boulevard will be constructed in a “diamond interchange” pattern, and will replace loop ramps which formerly existed at this location.
The illustration, below, depicts the finished project, looking northwest.
The aerial photograph at the top of this page was taken June 9, 2020, looking northwest. In the center of the photo is the pile-driving operation to construct the foundation of the western abutment (end wall) of the new bridge. At the left side of the photo is the Burbank Boulevard railroad overpass. The new I-5 bridge will extend Burbank Boulevard from the railroad overpass, at left, to the right edge of the photo, crossing over I-5 which is visible at the right side of the photo.