Friday, March 27, 2009

San Francisco: Simulated Freeway crash, Fireball, Trauma, Drama closing I280

I-280 King Street ramp closings over 5 days
Rachel Gordon
Friday, March 27, 2009


The King Street freeway ramps to and from Interstate 280 in San
Francisco will be closed intermittently from pre-dawn Saturday to
Wednesday night to accommodate the filming of a television drama
pilot.

Authorities, who have crafted an elaborate plan to detour traffic, warn that the closures could slow traffic in the South of Market and waterfront neighborhoods.

The northbound King Street off-ramp will be closed starting at 5 a.m. Saturday through 10 p.m. Sunday, and again on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Northbound traffic will be diverted to Sixth Street with detours set up to the Embarcadero.

The ramp will be open for the early morning weekday commute.

The King Street on-ramp for southbound I-280 will be closed on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic will be detoured from King Street to Mariposa Street or Sixth Street at Brannan Street.

The elevated freeway ramps, which provide a spectacular view of the San Francisco skyline, will be used for filming the pilot episode of "Trauma," in which emergency responders will be dealing with a fiery tanker crash.

The simulated freeway crash, to be filmed over the weekend, will include an explosion with what city officials describe as "a fireball and billowing smoke." A helicopter will be used in the shoot.

Traffic also will be stopped now and then at southbound Sixth Street and King Street whenever a stunt is being filmed or a helicopter is taking off or landing, officials said.

Source article here: www.sfgate.com/ - Link
This article appeared on page B - 7 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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