'Need for Speed' Filming Will Close Macon Streets

4:03 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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When Hollywood returns to Macon, they'll be closing down a few streets in the process.

Friday, the city of Macon released the times and dates for road closures during the filming of "Need for Speed," a movie adaptation of the popular video game of the same name.

Film crews will start shooting here on April 24, beginning seven days of closures and detours for locals.

Maps of the road closures are available at the city's website, or by clicking through the photo gallery attached.

The tentative list of closings:


Wednesday, April 24
The exit ramp from I-75 south to Hardeman Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Thursday, April 25
Sections of Monroe Street and Arlington Place off Hardeman Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon.
Magnolia Street will be closed from noon to 10 p.m.

Friday, April 26
Martin Luther King Blvd. between Hawthorne Street and Plum Street Lane, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lower Poplar Street, south of 7th Street, will be closed from 2 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Saturday, April 27
3rd Street will be closed between Plum St. Lane and Mulberry Street, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Walnut Street and part of 6th Street will be closed from 6 to 11 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30
Parts of Mulberry Street, Cotton Avenue and 2nd Street, will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m.
Parts of Mulberry Street, 2nd St. Lane and Mulberry St. Lane will be closed from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Parts of Poplar Street, 3rd Street and 2nd St. Lane will be closed from 6 to 10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1

Parts of Second Street, Third Street and Mulberry Street Lane will be closed from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Parts of Third Street, Cherry Street Lane, Martin Luther King Blvd, between Plum St. Lane and Cherry Street, and Poplar Street south of MLK will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m.
Thursday, May 2:
Poplar Street, south of MLK, will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Thursday, May 2:
Poplar Street, south of MLK, will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The movie is being produced by DreamWorks and will be directed by Scott Waugh. It features "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton ("Batman," "Mr. Mom"), Dominic Cooper ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"), Imogen Poots ("Fright Night") and rapper Kid Cudi.

The Macon Film Commission estimates the production will bring 200 cast and crew members to Macon.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, in a news release, said, "With the recent release of '42,' we have had significant positive feedback of the scenes from Macon that were shown, and I'm looking forward to seeing Macon featured in another movie."

Last spring, two other major motion pictures were partially filmed in Macon: "42" and "Trouble With the Curve." 

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