Burbank Blvd Bridge Project – An Overview

Construction of Burbank Blvd. Bridge over I-5

Crews are constructing a new, modern bridge for Burbank Boulevard traffic to cross over Interstate 5 in Burbank. The bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in mid-to-late 2021, weather  permitting.

The 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 five lanes in each direction — three lanes in each direction for through traffic, and two lanes in each direction for traffic turning onto I-5 — with bike lanes in both directions and a wide sidewalk on the south side of the bridge.

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 were used at this location.

The illustration, below, depicts the finished project, looking northwest.

The aerial photograph, above, 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.

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