Motorists in and traveling through Bartow County should be aware of a detour off Red Top Mountain Connector, set for Thursday, Sept. 26, to accommodate filming a movie by TVM Productions Inc., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation office in Cartersville.
Need for Speed filming in June closed parts of Old Alabama Road and its extension to Red Top Mountain Road, although it's unclear which project will be shooting in the area this week.
The portion of Red Top Mountain Road between Old Alabama Road and Joe Frank Harris Parkway will be closed on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 41 or Joe Frank Harris Parkway.
The city of Emerson Police Department will help guide traffic and signs will be placed along the detour route to help motorists navigate around the closed portion of the road. This filming operation and the road closure it necessitate are weather permitting and subject to change.
Georgia is one of the top five production destinations in the country. The direct economic benefits of film production in the state came to nearly $3.1 billion in 2012. In addition to providing over 25,000 jobs, the movie and TV industry positively impacted thousands of businesses, from hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and rental car companies to hardware stores, lumber yards, garden nurseries, heavy equipment rentals and office supply companies.
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