Thursday, May 9, 2013 street closures (final day of filming)
- Main St. from South Ave to Scio St.
- East Ave. from Main St. to Scio St.
- Gibbs St.
- Swan St.
- Chestnut St from Euclid to Pleasant will be open intermittently to allow traffic to cross East Ave. and Main St.
- Vehicles will not be permitted.
- Pedestrians requiring access to buildings along this section of Main St. will be directed by Rochester police officers and/or film production company staff (who will wear identifiable credentials and be posted at intersections).
Thursday, May 9, 2013 local traffic only (final day of filming)
- Stone St. from Main St. to Broad St.
- S. Clinton Ave. from Main St. to Broad St.
- Franklin St. / Franklin Ct. from Pleasant St. to Main St.
- Liberty Pole Way from Pleasant St. to Franklin Ct.
- Achilles St.
- Euclid St. from Main St. to Chestnut St.
- Stillson St. from Chestnut to Main St.
- Vehicle and pedestrian access to buildings, parking lots and garages on these streets will be permitted.
About the Film
Mayor Thomas S. Richards is excited that producers and crew members from Columbia Pictures Industries selected Rochester as one of the locations for filming an upcoming major motion picture, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The scenes filmed in Rochester will be action sequences that include car chases and other special effects.
The film's production team has been working closely with City officials, including staff from the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Department of Environmental Services and others to plan for the filming and ensure that all public safety elements are taken into consideration. The production team has also met with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority (RGRTA), the Rochester City School District, the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film and Video Office, and the Monroe County Department of Transportation to work on logistics for street closures and bus re-routing during the shoot. The production team is also currently working to secure the necessary permits from the City.
"This is such a fun and exciting time for Rochester and we are looking forward to welcoming more than 300 crew members to our city. At the same time, this is a very large event and our number one priority is making sure that the public is informed of all the necessary road closures and that movie fans are not in any areas that may cause safety concerns," Mayor Richards said.
Where Can I Get the Most Up-to-Date Spidey Info and specifics on closures?
There are a few ways to get caught in the web of fun!
- Check this page daily. Each afternoon, we will post a map illustrating the following day's street closures.
- Follow us on Twitter @cityrochesterny and use #SpideyRoc.
- Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofrochesterny.
When will the scenes be filmed?
- Filming begins on Tuesday, April 30 and is expected to continue through Thursday, May 9.
What time will streets be closed each day?
- The Rochester Police Department will begin to close streets to traffic at 5:30 a.m., with closures ending at approximately 9 p.m. on each day of filming.
How will I know which streets will be closed each day?
- All of the times and locations of closures will be published on the evening before the next day’s filming.
- Some days of filming will require certain streets to be closed in the morning and a different set of streets to be closed in the afternoon.
Where will the scenes be filmed?
- The majority of the scenes will be filmed along Main Street, between South Plymouth Avenue and East Avenue. East Avenue from Scio Street to Main Street and Church Street will also be closed at one point during filming.
- Side streets surrounding the primary closures will be open to local traffic only.
Will Main Street be shut down completely to vehicles?
- Yes, a portion of Main Street will be closed completely to drivers each day. Some days, other streets around Main will be closed to drivers as well. Check the map at the top of the page to see exactly what is closed.
- Although some streets north and south of Main Street will be open to local traffic, vehicles will not be able to cross Main Street at the closure unless indicated by an "intermittent traffic only" notation, highlighted in purple on the maps.
How much time should I allow for traffic delays?
- Drivers should allow 15 to 20 extra minutes when coming into or leaving Downtown near Main Street.
- However, when filming is occurring, there may be longer traffic delays for scenes that involve vehicle crashes and pyrotechnics as the areas may take longer to clear and secure. As always, safety is paramount.
Will Main Street be shut down completely to pedestrians?
- No! Creating movie magic usually requires many hours of set-up time to shoot just a few minutes--or even seconds--of the action that you see on the big screen.
- While portions of Main Street will be closed to traffic during the filming of a scene, pedestrians will still be able to access businesses and services during the frequent breaks in between.
- Rochester Police Officers and production assistants from Columbia Pictures (identifiable with badges) will direct or hold pedestrians inside buildings or at the street closure until the scene is finished and it is safe to proceed.
How long would a pedestrian have to wait to access Main Street or other streets closed for filming?
- Crews estimate that the scenes will generally take no longer than ten minutes at a time to film.
- However, there may be occasional longer delays in pedestrian traffic for scenes that involve vehicle crashes and pyrotechnics as the areas may take longer to clear and secure. As always, safety is paramount.
How will the streets surrounding filming be affected during this time?
- For Drivers - Some streets north and south of Main Street will be open to local traffic only. These streets will be clearly marked with “Local Traffic Only” signs and highlighted in yellow on the closure maps. Drivers accessing parking or buildings on those blocks will be granted access by officers posted at the closure.
- For Pedestrians - Downtown employees, residents, business owners and their customers will still be able to access buildings and services on streets marked “local traffic only,” during this time.
- Rochester Police Officers and Production Assistants will be on hand at each affected street to help direct people to where they need to go.
Will I be able to access Downtown parking lots or garages?
- Yes! All Downtown parking lots and garages will be open.
- Drivers using parking garages or parking lots on a street open to local traffic only (areas highlighted in yellow on the maps), will be granted access.
What should I do if I’m attending an event Downtown?
- For special events Downtown during filming times, contact the venue ahead of time for recommendations on parking and access.
I ride the bus- how can I learn about bus detours?
Bus riders can download FAQ''s from RTS or visit www.rgrta.com for more information.
I'm a Rochester City School District student- how will the filming affect my bus ride to school?
Students and parents can download FAQ's from RSCD.
Who can I ask for directions during the filming?
- Rochester police officers will be at many of the major intersections Downtown and along affected streets open to local traffic only.
- On the street, Columbia Pictures production assistants (identifiable with badges) will also be assisting pedestrians during filming times.
- Inside major buildings along the primary closures, production assistants will help with pedestrian access to the street and help keep people inside when scenes are being filmed.