Federal stimulus funding will soon pave the way for new bus and carpool lanes between the Hollywood (170) Freeway and the Buena Vista Street interchange in Burbank.
The five-year project through the California Department of Transportation is part of a larger plan for the area to not only extend the carpool and bus lanes, but to improve the Empire Avenue interchange, officials said.
"The new interchange at Empire Avenue is something the city has been working towards for at least a decade," said David Kriske, principal planner for the Community Development Department. "It has been a city goal since the 1990s."
The Empire Avenue interchange project will establish a full freeway interchange at Empire Avenue, new freeway and railroad crossings and widening for carpool lanes.
In addition to the expansion from Buena Vista Street to the 170 Freeway, carpool lanes will be added both north and south of Burbank from the Ventura (134) Freeway to Magnolia Boulevard, and from the 170 to Route 118.