Caltrans officials say this weekend's 36-hour closure of a section of the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Burbank and Glendale areas will be accomplished with minimum inconvenience to motorists.
The closure -- starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and continuing through 2 a.m. Monday -- is needed so crews can work on a project to demolish the Burbank Boulevard bridge over the freeway.
All lanes of northbound I-5 will be closed at the Ventura (134) Freeway near Griffith Park, while the southbound I-5 will be closed at the Hollywood (170) Freeway in the Sun Valley area of Los Angeles.
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Signs will direct drivers to other routes. Caltrans advises motorists to use other freeways and to avoid the area all weekend.
Ramps and freeway connectors will be open by 6 a.m. on Monday, or four hours after the full freeway closure ends. The schedule is subject to change for operational reasons.
The Burbank Boulevard bridge will be reconstructed as part of a Caltrans project that is adding I-5 carpool lanes in both directions. Caltrans also will realign the freeway at Burbank Boulevard to enhance safety.