Construction of I-5 Burbank Blvd Bridge
Burbank Blvd Opened for Traffic on November 24, 2021
Demolition Livestream: Replay the work of demolition crews taking down the old I-5 Burbank Boulevard Bridge on April 25-27, 2020, click here.
If you are interested in visiting the Burbank Boulevard Bridge Demolition Media Bar, click here.
If you would like to view time lapse video of the bridge construction between May and September 2021, click here.
Since 2020, crews have constructed a new, modern bridge for traffic on Burbank Boulevard to cross over Interstate 5 in Burbank. The new bridge opened for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians on Burbank Boulevard on the morning of November 24, 2021.
The greater length of the new bridge was necessary for crews to widen I-5 to construct carpool lanes (HOV, or High Occupancy Vehicle lanes) in both directions on I-5. The carpool lanes are scheduled to open by approximately mid-2022.
Motorists are urged to use care and courtesy when driving through the I-5 construction zone as crews continue working in the I-5 median, at the on-ramps and off-ramps at Burbank Boulevard, and on I-5 between Buena Vista Street and Magnolia Boulevard.
For motorists traveling on Burbank Boulevard over I-5, the new bridge features 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 has bike lanes in both directions, and a wide sidewalk on the eastbound side (south side of the bridge).
This project also realigned I-5 to reduce a curve at this location, which increases drivers’ sight distance on the freeway as a safety enhancement.
New I-5 on-ramps and off-ramps at Burbank Boulevard are designed in a “diamond interchange” pattern, replacing some loop ramps which formerly existed at this location.
The photo at the top of this page was taken November 6, 2021, looking north. It shows construction vehicles on the bridge and new ramps as construction of the bridge nears completion. It also shows the I-5 median area where construction of carpool (HOV) lanes is continuing.
The photo below was taken November 24, 2021, the day the bridge opened for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians on Burbank Boulevard. This is a street-level view on Burbank Boulevard, facing west.
The photograph below was taken July 12, 2021, facing south. It shows wood forms and rebar (steel reinforcing rods) constructed in advance of crews placing concrete for the bottom, sides, interior walls and top surface (deck) of the bridge.
The illustration below is an artist’s rendering of the planned interchange, facing northwest, before the construction process started.
The new bridge opened to the public on November 24, 2021! Video below: