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Movie shoot to shut down N.C. 540, Davis Drive

Posted May 4, 2009

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— Portions of N.C. Highway 540 and Davis Drive will be shut down through next Friday for the filming of "Main Street," a movie starring Orlando Bloom and Colin Firth.

Since Friday morning, one eastbound lane of N.C. 540, between Davis Drive and N.C. Highway 55 in Morrisville, and one lane of the Davis Drive exit have been closed. That closure will remain in effect until next Friday.

Starting Monday, nightly closures will shut down all of N.C. 540, between Davis Drive and N.C. 55, and Davis Drive, between Kitt Creek Road and George Watts Hill Drive. Those closures will last from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and continue through Friday.

On Saturday, May 8, two lanes of N.C. 540 East will be closed for about four hours from 9 a.m.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation suggested these detours:

  • For westbound traffic on N.C. 540, take Exit 67 onto Davis Drive and follow the signs onto Kitt Creek Road, which intersects with N.C. 55.
  • For eastbound traffic onto N.C. 540, take N.C. 55 to Morrisville-Carpenter Road, turn left onto Davis Drive and then right onto McCrimmon Parkway. From there, turn left onto N.C. Highway 54/Chapel Hill Road and take the exit onto N.C. 540.

In Durham, parts of Main Street have been shut down since April 20 for the movie filming. Business owners have complained, saying they weren't given notice of the road closures.

Aaron Syrett, director of the North Carolina Film Office, estimated filming would create about 300 temporary jobs for acting extras and film crew members. That would translate into $6 million to $10 million in local spending.

In the past 30 years, more than 800 films and 15 television series have shot on location in North Carolina. Twenty-four were filmed in Durham, including 1988's "Bull Durham" and 1997's "Kiss the Girls."

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  • JennyT May 5, 2009

    I wonder if Orlando Bloom or Colin Firth are even in the area. If they are and need a place to stay.....

  • smitty May 4, 2009

    They will have a fun time trying to close Davis at 7pm. There will be several hundred angry RTPers that would like to have a word with the Gubna.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 4, 2009

    Once again the hardworking taxpayer in North Carolina gets the shaft.

  • durham_nc May 4, 2009

    BigBird, no DVD credit necessary. This movie is going straight to TV. :)

  • wp May 4, 2009

    Bigbird - too funny! And probably true.

  • BigBird May 4, 2009

    i think as nc taxpayers, we all should get a coupon for one free netflix movie. (cause this movie is going straight to dvd)

  • jsanders May 4, 2009

    The film industry is just one of the many recipients of corporate welfare in NC: http://www.johnlocke.org/site-docs/agenda2008/economicdevelopment.html

    It's funny that the economic benefits of those temporary workers are calculated, but they aren't contrasted with the economic costs of closing businesses off from customers for sake of a movie.

  • withnailharrison May 4, 2009

    And what if they shot a movie set in Durham on a studio in California? You all would be the first to complain about Hollywood exploiting of NC's image rather than coming here and spending Hollywood dollars in-state. Give me a break.

  • WHEEL May 4, 2009

    I didn't know that the highways belonged to the FILM OFFICE. How nice of them to let the people who paid for them drive on them when they are not being occupied by B grade film nakers sponging off N.C.

  • CarZin May 4, 2009

    nun, I believe the studio pays for all this. In any event, are you really going to complain? The movie industry brings a lot of money to the area. We need money.

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