- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - There is actually more to a nearly week-long closure of a Phoenix-area freeway than meets the eye.

The Arizona Department of Public Transportation says a section of Loop 303 was shut down around 2 a.m. Friday for filming of the next “Transformers” movie.

The area, which spans between Interstate 17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway, will remain closed until 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Motorists will be directed to a detour on State Route 74, which is 2 miles north of the Loop 303 alignment.

ADOT officials say Paramount Pictures obtained a permit from them to film there.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is scheduled to be released next year.

The movie’s cast includes Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins and is being directed by Michael Bay.

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