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‘Transformers 5: The Last Knight’ filming causes temporary closure of Loop 303

6/16/16

PHOENIX – When ‘Transformers 5: The Last Knight’ comes out in theaters next year, keep an eye out for some familiar background in the movie scenes.

The Loop 303 near the I-17 was closed June 10-15 was to facilitate production of the Paramount Pictures film, according to representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation. ADOT granted a permit to allow the filming along the Loop 303.

ADOT began releasing the cause of the Loop 303 closure last week, and the news quickly went viral, as The Foothills Focus and other media outlets shared the information via social media.

In a June 10 statement, ADOT addressed some questions raised regarding the film production.

“Arizona is proud to welcome this production to our state. The state, our citizens and our economy benefit significantly from appearing on the big screen, both in terms of dollars spent during filming and the exposure that films give the state,” the statement said. “The film now in production along Loop 303 in the north Valley has already had 300 people at locations in Arizona for two weeks, boosting the economy through meals, lodging, fuel purchases and more. It has hired local companies for a variety of services.”

ADOT noted in the statement that permits are regularly issued to film within highway right of way.

“There is no cost for film permits,” the statement read. “ADOT’s requirements for film permits safeguard taxpayer dollars and the taxpayers’ investment in our highways. This includes making sure there is no cost to the state.”

“To receive a film permit from ADOT, a production must assume all legal liability and financial responsibility, and it must have at least $5 million in liability coverage. The production must agree to leave a highway in as good a condition as it was prior to filming and must cover any costs to repair or restore the roadway. It must cover the cost of traffic control, including paying for a law enforcement presence,” the statement concluded.

ADOT’s Web site states that a film permit is required for any filming activity on an ADOT roadway, “including the right of way or any ADOT property.” Permission from the local jurisdiction, such as county or city, is also required. Learn more about ADOT’s permit process at http://azdot.gov/business/Permits/film-permits.

Transformers 5: The Last Knight’ is scheduled for release in June 2017.