BURBANK (CBSLA) – Carmageddon is coming to Burbank.

Drivers will need to brace themselves for significant traffic issues over the coming months due to a large-scale construction project that will include completely shutting down the 5 Freeway in Burbank for a full weekend in order to demolish the much-traversed Burbank Boulevard overpass bridge.

Beginning March 14, 2020, the Burbank Boulevard Bridge will be shut down in order to demolish and replace it. The new bridge will not open until mid-2021. (Caltrans)

The California Department of Transportation reported Monday that the exact dates of the 5 Freeway shutdown will be announced at a news conference this coming Thursday.

The closure will last for 36 hours. It will start on a Saturday afternoon and run through 5 a.m. Monday, Caltrans said.

The 5 Freeway closure will be the biggest in the Los Angeles metro area since 2011’s Carmageddon, which famously shut down the 405 Freeway.

Meanwhile, beginning on March 14, the Burbank Boulevard bridge will be permanently closed between Front Street and the San Fernando Boulevard through mid-2021.

The bridge is being demolished and replaced with a wider, longer one, Caltrans reports.

During the closure, drivers will have to use one of nine other 5 Freeway crossings in Burbank.

Along with replacing the bridge, carpool lanes will be added to the 5 Freeway. The work is all part of an ongoing $355 million project in the area to improve traffic and safety on the 5 Freeway corridor.

Comments (4)
  1. Chrome says:

    after 10 years of construction on that freeway, they have finally started!

  2. Manny says:

    I remember back in 2016 reading their signs that said completion will be done in 2018. This
    is the slowest construction EVER!!!! Not to mention the exit to Empire Center is flawed, when you use that exit you can only enter through ONE congested entrance….they should have gave allowed you to use several entrances to enter the Empire Center.

  3. Vic Bulaich says:

    Who’s the contractor ?

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