Avenue. In addition, two apartments will be relocated and an electrical
substation will be moved and modernized.
"It's going to make traffic circulation in the Media District much
better," Mayor David Laurell said.
Traffic must presently make left turns to get from the freeway to
"Left turns are the major slow-down in intersections," Burbank
Transportation Engineer Greg Herrmann said.
Primary funding for Burbank's $11 million part of the project will
come from the sale of bonds and the contribution of land. The bonds are
expected to be repaid by Los Angeles County from property taxes.
But all funds that rely on the state are in question, a result of the
state's budget shortfall, Laurell said.
"I would hate to see that transportation issues would fall victim to
any budget cuts," Laurell said. "But we as a city will fight tenaciously
to be sure that the money is there and that the governor doesn't balance
any of the state's budget on local municipalities."
Caltrans is scheduled to start construction in April 2004, providing
$21 million for the project. Final agreements between Burbank and
Caltrans are expected to be finalized this summer. Temporary ramps will
keep traffic moving in the area, officials said.