Lane closure near Empire Center to continue through fall

One lane of the northbound Victory Place and San Fernando Road will be closed through this fall as crews relocate utilities as part of a major project to construct carpool lanes on the Golden State (5) Freeway, build a new interchange at Empire Avenue and elevate a dangerous train crossing.

The section of the streets that will be impacted stretches from the Burbank Animal Shelter to North California Street, according to the California Department of Transportation.

The lane adjacent to the railroad tracks will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Caltrans officials said. At least one northbound lane will be remain open at all times.

Also, motorists will have access to local businesses, including the stores in the Empire Center, at all times.
As part of a multi-million dollar project, Caltrans is constructing carpool lanes in each direction of the I-5 between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.

It’s also realigning and elevating a railroad crossing along Empire Avenue at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard. That crossing has been the site of two fatalities.

The project also includes constructing a new interchange at Empire Avenue, basically overhauling the one currently at Scott Road, and reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard over-crossing.

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-- Mark Kellam,

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