Rochester, N.Y. - The much anticipated chase scene will be racing through Rochester beginning on Tuesday. The filming will last until May 9 and will result in the periodic closure of Main St. and surrounding roads in the downtown area.
The cars will be traveling upwards of 70 mph and Main St. will be barricaded to the North and South but can be accessed to from the East and West.
“Is Main St. going to be closed between East and Plymouth yes; is it going to be closed like Fort Drum, No,” says Gary Walker who is the head of Communications for the City of Rochester. “There will be access during the set up of the shooting. It sometimes takes hours to set up for a 10-minute shoot. During that staging time there will be traffic going through and we will make sure that people know when there is a closure coming.”
He says to help facilitate that on the ground, there will be over 100 additional police officers and firefighters assisting people so they know where to go when the streets are closed.
The closures are only supposed to last about 15 minutes at a time. Walker says that there are a few times that the closures may be longer. “Now there will some more times that pedestrian traffic is held up and those may be the special days when there is a major car crash and they have to get tow trucks or there is some pyrotechnics, but that is all apart of movie making.”
City officials say that there is not an official place to go and watch the chase scenes but that does not mean the streets are locked down. “This is your city,” says Walker, “if a scene is being shot and there is local traffic allowed in the area, there is nothing stopping you from going up there and watching that segment.”
The closures will be between 5:30 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. on the days of filming. (Leave the lawn chairs at home.)
Below is a link to the RGRTA outlining the closures and detours: