DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Expect road closures and possible traffic problems in downtown Dallas after wet weekend weather caused filming of a Hollywood movie to be rescheduled.
Last week Dallas officials issued a public advisory about street closures and blanks being shot during the filming of the movie “LBJ“. Filming of the movie, starring Woody Harrelson as Lyndon B. Johnson, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson and Jeffrey Donovan as JFK, was originally scheduled for Sunday, November 1, with streets around Dealey Plaza closed from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The set of the film, directed by Rob Reiner, is closed to the public.
On Sunday afternoon, Dallas police announced that filming had been rescheduled and that as a result several streets would be closed on Monday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Drivers should be aware that movie filming will require the full closure of the 400 to 600 block of Elm Street, 400 to 600 block of Main Street, the 100 block of South Houston and the 100 to 300 block of North Houston.
People in the area can also expect the following streets to be closed intermittently:
- Eastbound Commerce Street, between Riverfront Blvd. and Houston Street
- Interstate-30 to I-35E, the Commerce Street exit ramp to Commerce Street
- Interstate-35E at the Commerce Street service road, between Union Blvd. and Commerce Street
Officials say traffic closures of the above three areas will be limited to 3 to 5 minute intervals.
In addition to traffic delays, city officials are also warning that blank gunshots will be fired during the “LBJ” filming. The advisory said that while blanks are being shot in and around Dealey Plaza, the site of the real 1963 gunfire, police will reroute vehicles from the area.
Despite roads being shutdown, city leaders say parking garages and open businesses will not be blocked and pedestrian traffic will be allowed to flow freely.
While there will be a number of road closures in the area, officials with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza say the facility will be open during the regular hours of 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday.
On October 6 filming for the movie “11/22/63” brought out onlookers and tied up traffic around Dealy Plaza. Actor James Franco was among the stars on that movie set. The first day of the movie shoot caused such traffic chaos that a subsequent “comprehensive traffic plan” was issued the next day.
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