BURBANK ? A design study is in the works to install a new freeway interchange at Empire Avenue as part of a larger plan to add a carpool lane to the Golden State (5) Freeway, between the Ventura (134) and Hollywood (170) freeways.
The study would determine how to relocate city utilities like underground sewer lines and storm drains to make way for a new interchange, said David Kriske, a senior planner for the city.
An expanded Empire Avenue interchange would provide on ramps and off ramps for both northbound and southbound traffic, Kriske said.
"That interchange is needed to facilitate better circulation between the I-5 and the Golden State area of Burbank," he said.
The utility relocation study would be conducted by an outside consulting firm for $89,640. Burbank has worked with the California Department of Transportation to identify the municipal utilities that would need to be relocated. Caltrans is also working with private companies who have phone or fiber optic lines in the ground near the project location.