Construction of Burbank Blvd. Bridge over I-5
Demolition Livestream: Replay the work of demolition crews taking down the old I-5 Burbank Boulevard Bridge on April 25-27, 2020, click here.
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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. Inclement weather could delay the opening.
The greater length of the new bridge will allow crews to widen I-5 to construct carpool lanes 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. It will have 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, is an artist’s rendering of the completed interchange, looking northwest.
The photograph at the top of this page was taken July 12, 2021, looking toward the south. It shows wood forms and rebar (steel reinforcing rods) constructed in advance of crews placing concrete for the bottom, sides and interior walls of the bridge. After that step, crews will construct the concrete deck, or top surface of the bridge where vehicles travel.