Caltrans officials Thursday announced that a 36-hour weekend closure of a section of the Golden State (5) Freeway as part of a project to demolish and replace the Burbank Boulevard bridge over the freeway will take place on the last weekend in April.

The closure near Burbank Boulevard will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday April 25 and will extend through 3 a.m. Monday April 27, according to Caltrans.

“This will be the largest-scale freeway closure in Los Angeles County since September of 2012, when we closed I-405 in both directions in West Los Angeles,” said Caltrans District 7 Director John Valinsky at a news conference Thursday morning.

Valinsky was referring to the closures of 10-mile sections of the San Diego (405) Freeway during weekends in July 2011 and September 2012 that were dubbed “Carmageddon” 1 and 2.

The demolition will be done during a single weekend closure of the 5 Freeway for worker safety, maximum efficiency and greatest convenience to the public, as opposed to the alternative option of numerous nightly full freeway closures over a month or longer to achieve the same results, according to Caltrans.

The project will necessitate a “long-term” street closure in the area set to begin late next week. Burbank Boulevard between San Fernando Boulevard and Front Street will be closed in both directions to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians starting at 12:01 a.m. March 14. The project is expected to be completed in 14 to 16 months, according to Michael Comeaux of Caltrans.

“The new bridge will be longer than the old one since I-5 is being widened to add carpool lanes in both directions,” Comeaux said. “The new bridge also will be wider to accommodate more lanes on Burbank Boulevard, bicycle lanes in both directions and a wide sidewalk.

“Caltrans advises the public to make plans now to avoid driving on I-5 in the Burbank area on the weekend of April 25, and watch for further announcements in the near future about alternative freeway routes, local detours and other tips for motorists,” Comeaux said.

The schedule is weather-permitting and subject to change. Detours and project updates are online at My5LA.com and on Twitter at @My5LA or, for those without a Twitter account, at https://twitter.com/My5LA.

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