CITY PROVIDES UPDATE ON CBD STREET CLOSURES NEAR MOVIE SET
NEW ORLEANS–Today, traffic lanes reopened on several Central Business District streets that have been closed for filming of the major motion picture Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The production wrapped on the downtown set last week. One lane has reopened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Rampart Street, the 1000 block of Common Street, and the 1100 block of Tulane Avenue.
Traffic will be limited to one lane for the next three weeks to facilitate set removal. All lanes will reopen to traffic and parking restrictions will end on July 12.
All street closures and detours are marked by signage and uniformed police officers are on duty daily to assist with efficient traffic flow.
A traffic plan with maps and alternate routes for downtown traffic can be found at www.nola.gov/film , the home page for Film New Orleans in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.
Film New Orleans, the City’s Traffic Engineering Division, the New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department and other City agencies have worked closely with the production company to minimize the impact to area business, residents and commuters. The production company has done extensive outreach to businesses and property owners in the surrounding area.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will employ about 600 local residents and involve approximately 200 visiting cast and crew. The film will have an estimated local economic impact of $80 million, which takes into account what the production will spend on costs such as labor, lodging, good and services. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the largest productions New Orleans has hosted.
Members of the media with questions about the production should contact publicist Gregg Brilliant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Film New Orleans assists productions with the City’s permitting process, connects productions with local crew and resources, and facilitates communication between productions and the local community. In 2012, New Orleans hosted 61 tax credit film projects (TV, films and commercials with budgets over $300,000), with direct spending of $669.8 million. In 2011, the City hosted 46 tax credit projects with an estimated $544 million in direct spending.
For additional information about filming in New Orleans, visit www.nola.gov/film.