About 30 people attended a California Department of Transportation meeting Wednesday night looking for answers about a scheduled freeway expansion on the Golden State (5) Freeway.
They got their answers, but some weren’t necessarily what they wanted to hear.
Caltrans representatives said the project to add carpool lanes to Interstate 5 through Burbank and portions of Glendale had been scheduled to begin last year, but was delayed. At the community meeting at Glendale’s Environmental Management Center on Flower Street Wednesday night, they said construction should begin this month.
However, a specific schedule for when new sound and retaining walls are going in, and when the construction will be completed, wasn’t yet available, frustrating residents anxious about the coming traffic and noise impacts.
“It is tough to give you a definite schedule,” said Mumbie Fredson-Cole, the project manager for the $153-million project that will add carpool lanes in both directions along the I-5 from the Ventura (134) Freeway to Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.