Lincoln filming to cause street closures

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has an alert for what could be a major traffic headache in downtown Richmond caused by none other than the filming of Steven Spielberg's new Lincoln movie. Starting Tuesday and lasting well into December, you can expect delays on East Broad, Ninth and Bank streets while crews work on the film.

Consider it: lights, camera, traffic headache!

Commuters, who were excited to see the incredible Hollywood scene in downtown Richmond are now curious about how it will affect their trips to and from work.

Starting Tuesday and on several days through December 9th, there will brief closures and stopping of traffic on the major thoroughfare.

Offices line both sides of East Broad Street. On one side you've got state government buildings and the other facilities for VCU Medical Center.

Sheryl Baugh and Lois Delbueno are prepared to go with the now-Hollywood flow of traffic.

"Obviously you know you can make adjustments," Delbueno said. "As long as the bus can get through and we can get on the last one home at night, that's probably the only thing that would be inconvenient."

Portions of both Bank and Ninth Streets will be closed for several almost-full days during this time, as well.

Keith Scruggs explained it's unfair to possibly make people go out of their way but he's trying to look at the bigger picture and hopes the inconvenience is worth it.

"It will keep putting Richmond on the map," he said. "Hopefully, it'll bring more business in for the City of Richmond and help the economy."

These closures will only be during certain hours of the day and change daily from Tuesday through December 12th. Click here for a complete listing.

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