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'Carmageddon'-Like Closure Of I-5 In Burbank Coming This April

The red area in the map indicates the portion of I-5 that will be closed from Apr. 25-27 for a bridge demolition. Courtesy of Caltrans
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UPDATE - MARCH 13, 2020: Caltrans announced a two week rain delay for the related, long term Burbank Boulevard closure. Weather-permitting, that closure is now expected to begin March 28.

Commuters, prepare. Caltrans is planning a major 36-hour closure of the 5 Freeway in Burbank to make way for a bridge demolition.

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The closure, reminiscent of 2011's "Carmageddon," is expected to run from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27 as part of a project to tear down and replace the Burbank Boulevard Bridge over the freeway.

Michael Comeaux, spokesman for Caltrans, says the specific closure points are still being reviewed, but motorists can expect the I-5 to be closed through Glendale, Burbank and the Sun Valley area.

Comeaux says the new bridge will need to be long enough to cross additional carpool lanes that are being built in both directions.

But wait, there’s more!

Starting this upcoming Saturday, Burbank Boulevard will be closed between San Fernando Boulevard and Front Street for 14-16 months. Caltrans is encouraging people to plan ahead and find alternative routes.


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