There will be delays on parts of the Interstate 10 in Phoenix this weekend as intermittent rolling closures take place for the filming of a car commercial, which will contribute to the state’s economy, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Nissan will be filming a commercial on Valley freeways, causing several restrictions and closures from Saturday, March 16 to Monday, March 18.
On Saturday, March 16, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. I-10 be restricted with rolling closures in both directions between 16th Street and 19th Avenue. Ramps from southbound State Route 51 to eastbound Loop 202 and eastbound I-10 to northbound 51 will be closed at times.
Sunday and Monday, March 17 and 18, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Loop 303 will be closed between Van Buren Street and McDowell Road near 1-10 in Goodyear. The westbound and eastbound ramps of I-10 to Loop 303 will also be closed.
ADOT said rolling closures generally last less than 15 minutes.
A release from ADOT said the department takes into consideration the potential delays and the economic impact for the state when working with production companies.
“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,” Dallas Hammit, ADOT state engineer and deputy director for transportation, said in the release. “Our requirements safeguard taxpayer dollars and the taxpayers’ investment in state highways. This includes making sure there is no cost to the state.”
ADOT requires production companies to carry insurance to cover any highway damages if they occur. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is also being compensated for handling freeway closures.
“Commercial filming in the Valley boosts the state’s economy by lodging, meals, purchases and more,” says the release.
Productions companies also hire local services for their equipment rental and transportation, according to ADOT's release.
Matthew Earl Jones, director of Arizona Film & Digital Media Program, said in the release that, “Arizona's natural beauty and diverse typography, coupled with ADOT's spirit of cooperation regarding film and commercial production, make our state the ideal location for filming car commercials.”