NC highway closing due to movie

June 16, 2011 10:48:58 AM PDT
N.C. 751, just north of U.S. 64 in Chatham County, will be closed until Sunday, while a local film crew shoots a movie.The filmmakers, with the backing of their executive producer, secured the help of the North Carolina Department of Transportation to close a section of Horton Pond Road, east of Jordan Lake, to allow them to film a science fiction drama movie.

The movie, "The Carrington Event," is in production in Apex and explores the impact of a solar flare hitting the Earth.

It centers around an average American family that is addicted to technology, but live on a mini-farm on the outskirts of a large town. Throughout the film, they have to deal with the aftermath of a solar storm that cuts power to the farm and causes a total blackout in the town.

Because N.C. 751 is used as a rush hour connection between U.S. 64, I-40 and Durham, all lanes must be re-opened between 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday and between 6 and 9 a.m., and 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday.

Lane closures can be in place at all other times, but must be removed if traffic becomes backed up significantly on alternate routes.

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