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I-5 Empire Project – April 2019

Construction continues at the I-5 Empire Avenue interchange in Burbank, between Burbank Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. This view, above, is looking toward the south as crews pave Empire Avenue (in the foreground) and pave the on-ramp to southbound I-5 in the background.  The southbound side of I-5 is at the upper left in this photo.  The elevated railroad tracks, also part of this I-5 improvement project, are at the upper right.

 

Above: At the I-5 Empire Avenue interchange, looking south, as crews pave the on-ramp to southbound I-5.

 

Above: In April, crews demolished part of the old I-5 freeway bridge at San Fernando Boulevard to continue construction of the new I-5 Empire Avenue interchange.

 

A crew removes temporary shoring beams and plates following demolition of the old I-5 freeway bridge at San Fernando Boulevard, as progress continues on construction of the new I-5 Empire Avenue interchange.

 

Preparing to drill holes for construction of the center section of the new freeway bridge over Empire Avenue at the I-5 Empire Avenue interchange. This view is looking north. Reinforced concrete piles known as “cast-in-drilled-hole” or CIDH piles will be constructed. First, a borehole is drilled into the ground, then concrete and reinforcing are placed into the borehole to form the pile.

 

Crews remove material after demolition of the old freeway bridge structure. The old material is recycled by being broken up into small pieces that will be used in the new concrete for this I-5 project.

 

Above, a crew installs traffic signs at the northbound I-5 Buena Vista Street off-ramp and on-ramp. Crews reconstructed the northbound off-ramp during a special 81-hour operation in early 2019, which included final paving of the off-ramp and on-ramp.

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