When San Fernando Boulevard underneath the Golden State (5) Freeway overpass closes next month, it will be closed forever, forcing Burbank neighborhoods to cope with an undeniable increase in traffic for at least two years.
Yet many neighbors and businesses in the area still don’t know that stretch of road is about to be wiped off the map.
Through the city’s website, through emails, through community meetings and with recently installed signs, the news of the San Fernando Boulevard closure has been no secret, per se. There are many maps, presentations and FAQ sheets on the official project website, i-5info.com/magnolia-boulevard-to-buena-vista-street.
But this week I talked to several neighbors and commuters who either didn’t know the closure was happening so soon, or they didn’t know where all that traffic is about to go.
On the official I-5 info site is a very detailed map of the detour route.
Currently, to get from the Bob Hope Airport area to downtown Burbank, it’s a straight shot down Thornton Avenue to Lincoln Street. A three-way stop some 30 feet away lets you connect to San Fernando Boulevard, where you can drive under I-5, continue down toward McCambridge Park and eventually hit the mall.