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N.C. 540, Davis Drive closed for movie filming

Posted May 1, 2009
Updated 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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  • jeffdewitt May 1, 2009

    It's NC-540 because it's going to be part of the "Western Wake Parkway", the new toll road that is going to connect I-540 to NC-55 south of Apex. If it was I-540 they wouldn't be able to charge toll.


    At this time it doesn't have that much traffic so using a piece of it to film a movie is a fine idea. I might see this movie just to see familiar places!

  • Me again May 1, 2009

    It's called NC540 b/c the state paid for it. I540 was paid by the feds.....I think.

  • ConcernedCitizenRal May 1, 2009

    why is called NC 540 instead of I-540?

  • wiseowl May 1, 2009

    that stretch of 540 is empty every time i'm on it anyway. for $10 million in the economy it's worth it. remember - we made it 50 years without that stretch.

  • Z Man May 1, 2009

    I hope the producer is RENTING these roads from the taxpayer!

  • rushbot May 1, 2009

    At least it won't be wasted on actual North Carolina residents who might want to commute to their jobs.

  • Me again May 1, 2009

    I hope they make them pay toll.