The Golden State (5) Freeway will be closed for two hours early Sunday morning from Buena Vista Street and Lincoln Street, according to the California Department of Transportation.

From 2 to 4 a.m., the freeway will be closed in both directions while crews remove overhead utility lines as part of a $355-million Empire interchange construction project.

Lane closures will begin around midnight on Saturday.

To avoid delays, Caltrans has asked motorists heading northbound on the 5 freeway to take the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway to the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway. Those traveling southbound can take the southbound 170 to the eastbound 134.

The project includes adding carpool lanes between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street on the 5 freeway, constructing a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard over-crossing and other improvements officials say will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion.

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