Restrictions planned on I-10, Loop 303 stretch in Goodyear

By, Arizona Department of Transportation

Motorists should plan ahead with commercial filming occurring on parts of the Valley’s freeway system from Saturday through Monday, March 16-18, supporting an industry that contributes millions of dollars annually to Arizona’s economy.

Between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, both directions of Interstate 10 will have intermittent rolling closures between 16th Street and 19th Avenue near downtown Phoenix, with the ramps from southbound State Route 51 to eastbound Loop 202 and eastbound I-10 to northbound SR 51 closed at times.

Between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, March 17-18, Loop 303 will be closed between Van Buren Street and McDowell Road near the I-10 interchange in Goodyear, with the I-10 westbound and eastbound ramps to southbound Loop 303 also closed.

In working with production companies – in this case, one shooting a commercial for Nissan Motor Co. – the Arizona Department of Transportation and other state agencies balance the potential for delays and the availability of alternate routes with the economic benefits of having the filming occur in Arizona.

“With a goal of supporting an industry that’s extremely valuable to Arizona’s economy, we regularly issue permits at no cost to film within highway right of way,” said Dallas Hammit, ADOT state engineer and deputy director for transportation. “Our requirements safeguard taxpayer dollars and the taxpayers’ investment in state highways. This includes making sure there is no cost to the state.”

Permit requirements include production companies carrying insurance to compensate the state in the unlikely event that filming damages highway infrastructure. Production companies also are required to compensate the Arizona Department of Public Safety for handling rolling closures and other public safety-related needs during filming on the state highway system.

Commercial filming boosts Arizona’s economy through meals, lodging, fuel purchases and more. Productions hire local companies for a variety of services, including equipment rental, transportation and construction. Production companies are drawn to Arizona’s favorable weather, its dramatic scenery and, when the state highway system is involved, the diversity of its infrastructure.