After utility issues caused a speed bump in plans to construct a new carpool lane along a 2.7-mile stretch of the Golden State (5) Freeway in Glendale and Burbank last year, state transportation officials say work should kick off again this month.
To prepare residents for the resurgence in construction, California Department of Transportation officials are hosting a community meeting Wednesday evening in Glendale. But residents take note: the period during which concerns about noise and debris may influence the project has passed. The project, a Caltrans spokesman said Monday, is going forward.
“We’re letting people know what to expect. We’re not there to take people’s opinions or thoughts [about the project],” Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said, adding that the environmental review portion of the project has been wrapped up. The construction will mostly affect residents of the Rancho-Riverside neighborhood.
Caltrans will have an aerial map at the meeting showing the scope of construction, which will run along the I-5 from the Ventura (134) Freeway to Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank in both directions. The $153-million project is paid for by Measure R, a half-cent Los Angeles County sales tax approved by voters in 2008 for transportation projects.