Officials on Wednesday broke ground on a $57.8-million project to build carpool lanes in both directions of the Golden State (5) Freeway from the Ventura (134) Freeway to Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.
It’s part a larger project that, when completed, will result in continuous carpool lanes from the 134 Freeway to the Antelope Valley.
The latest project will build 2.7 miles of carpool lanes in each direction, said Mike Miles, director of District 7 for the California Department of Transportation. Sound and retaining walls will also be constructed.
Construction will cause intermittent closures of lanes and on- and off-ramps until the project is completed in late 2014, officials said.
At the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Miles said the section of I-5 from the 134 Freeway to Magnolia Boulevard is one of the busiest stretches of freeway in Southern California, accommodating an average of 250,000 vehicles each day.