October 31, 2006

Driving in LA

As if normal traffic isn't bad enough . . .
As many of you have read about in the papers or heard from colleagues, location filming for the next installment of the Bruce Willis "Die Hard" movies will disrupt routine traffic around the Raytheon/El Segundo North Campus area. The filming has been fully coordinated with the Los Angeles and El Segundo city governments and will involve action scenes with a helicopter and a truck, including the use of pyrotechnics. During prep work and filming, Raytheon Buildings will be open and access is assured.

Listed below is the timeline and traffic closure schedule provided by the production company. Please note that even when Imperial Highway is closed, Nash Street will be open to two-way traffic.

Prep Dates: November 1, 2

* Lane Closures – One lane will be closed from 7am until 7pm on all prep days.
* Film Crew Work – On Imperial Highway, east of Douglas, a fence will be added on the median strip, to be used as a set piece. Building the fence involves putting bolts into the median surface to erect a pillar. Sleeves will also be built to add posts for the fence.

Filming Dates: November 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (Bold are weekends)

* Lane/Street/Highway Closures:

Imperial Highway eastbound – Nash Street to Aviation Blvd. will have full closure
From 9am until 4pm every day

Imperial Highway westbound – Aviation to Nash will be closed from 9am to 7pm
on weekdays and from 7am until 7pm on weekends with the following exceptions:
Sundays Nov. 5 and 12 will close at 4 a.m. for large explosion
One lane will be kept open whenever possible to allow for airport cargo traffic
Local access would be made possible at the following locations:
Douglas Street at Atwood Street to get to:
East entrance Kilroy Center
2300 Imperial

Nash Street – From Atwood to Imperial, Nash would be made to run 2 ways to allow traffic to go north to access Imperial West and to get to the airport from Douglas St. (This will be done via police officers, cones, and barricades).

Century Freeway I-105 – Closure on weekends only – Nov. 4, 5 and 11, 12
Eastbound lanes from Sepulveda to La Cienega
Connectors from I-105 east to 405 north and 405 south
Westbound lanes from 405 to Sepulveda will be closed on Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 only from 4am until 7am for our large explosion.
Note: A lane will be open whenever possible on eastbound lanes and westbound lanes will have rolling breaks.

On weekends only, there will be a helicopter flying. They will not be involved in the stunts directly, but they will be there to film an aerial POV. The film company will be in compliance the city and with the control tower at LAX at all times.

This must be the season for all the eighties action stars to make a comeback and push fiction to the limit. Can anybody say Rocky Balboa? Maybe Mel Gibson will sober-up for another round of Lethal Weapon. If the Govenator loses the election, will we see T4?


Yeah, they put Halo on hold and make this crap instead . . . Thanks for nothing Hollywood . . .

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