Caltrans announced Friday that due to rain, there will be a two-week delay before the long-term closure of Burbank Boulevard at the bridge over the Golden State (5) Freeway.

The full closure of Burbank Boulevard to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians had been scheduled to begin Saturday, but is now set for 12:01 a.m. on March 28. The schedule is weather-permitting and is subject to change.

Caltrans plans to close Burbank Boulevard between San Fernando Boulevard and Front Street for about 14 to 16 months for crews to demolish the I-5 Burbank Boulevard bridge and construct a new bridge, slated to open in 2021. The construction is part of the carpool lanes project on I-5.

Detours will be provided during the closure of Burbank Boulevard. Nine other freeway crossings, including five freeway interchanges, will remain open to serve Burbank. The northbound I-5 off-ramp to eastbound Burbank Boulevard will remain open except for limited 55-hour closures.

The project will require a full closure of a stretch of the 1-5 in both directions in Burbank, Glendale and the Sun Valley area of Los Angeles while crews demolish the Burbank Boulevard bridge, currently scheduled for April 25-27.

The full closure — scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday April 25 and extend through 3 a.m. Monday April 27, “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,” Caltrans District 7 Director John Valinsky told reporters last week.

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

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