US 6 / US 99 – Burbank – North Burbank UP

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Burbank – North Burbank UP

Southbound approaching the North Burbank OH from Lincoln St.
Southbound approaching the North Burbank UP from Lincoln St.

The North Burbank UP marks the only mainline railroad crossing on US 99 through the San Fernando Valley. Here, San Fernando Blvd passes two frontage roads and the Southern Pacific Saugus Line (now Metrolink). Prior to its completion in 1942, the old crossing at Empire Ave was known as the “Turkey Crossing” and was the site of many collisions. In May 2014, the roadway was closed for good, to be replaced with a new crossing to the south.

Videos of the North Burbank UP

San Fernando Road Overcrossing and railroad overhead.
San Fernando Road Overcrossing and railroad underpass.
1941 date stamp on the railroad overhead.
1941 date stamp on the railroad underpass.
Old lighting on the railroad overpass supports.
Old lighting on the railroad overpass supports.
Northerly view of the railroad overpass and northbound Victory Place bridge. Supports were built for an additional track but not used.
Northerly view of the railroad underpass and northbound Victory Place bridge. Supports were built for an additional track but not used.
Southerly view from the eastern overpass.
Southerly view from the eastern underpass.
Northbound view from Victory Place.
Northbound view from Victory Place.
View of the southbound San Fernando Road I-5 exit. This formerly carried the eastern San Fernando Frontage Road.
View of the southbound San Fernando Road I-5 exit. This formerly carried the eastern San Fernando Frontage Road (formerly Rowe Ave).
1942 date on the San Fernando Road OC
1942 date on the San Fernando Road OC
Pumping plant for the North Burbank UP. Note the styling at the top of the structure.
Pumping plant for the North Burbank UP. Note the styling at the top of the structure.
Southern end of the concrete. Bridge to the left is I-5.
Southern end of the concrete. Bridge to the left is I-5.
Closed pedestrian tunnel at the former grade crossing location. I-5 overpass in the in the background.
Closed pedestrian tunnel at the former grade crossing location. I-5 overpass in the in the background.
Faded bridge number on the pedestrian undercrossing.
Faded bridge number on the pedestrian undercrossing.
1941 date stamps on the concrete roadway.
1942 date stamps on the concrete roadway.
Signage and markers at the channelized intersection with Lincoln St.
Signage and markers at the channelized intersection approaching the northbound Victory Place bridge.
Looking south along Victory Place. This was the former alignment of US 99 before the underpass was built. Currently, it is a part of the realigned San Fernando Blvd again.
Looking south along Victory Place. This was the former alignment of US 99 before the underpass was built. Currently, it is a part of the realigned San Fernando Blvd again.
South side of the pedestrian underpass that crossed the railroad and Victory Pl.
South side of the pedestrian underpass that crossed the railroad and Victory Pl.
North Burbank OH and I-5 interchange.
North Burbank UP and I-5 interchange.
1953 aerial photograph showing the North Burbank OH and surrounding area.
1953 aerial photograph showing the North Burbank UP and surrounding area.

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