Ryan Gosling to shut down Sydney Harbour Bridge while filming “The Fall Guy” this weekend.
By ANNA USHER
Motorists, cyclists and walkers will be banned from using the Sydney Harbour Bridge this Sunday 22 January as major scenes are filmed for a new movie starring Ryan Gosling.
All north and south bound lanes will be closed between 3 am and 10 am, with a broader exclusion zone from 5:30 am that could also interrupt boat and ferry traffic.
Sources have told Mosman Collective the actor – and his stunt double – will be using the bridge to film action scenes for The Fall Guy, a big-budget remake of a hit 1980s TV series.
Gosling is playing the role of Colt Seavers, a stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter.
Transport for NSW Acting Deputy Secretary Greater Sydney Howard Collins said the Sydney Harbour Tunnel would remain open while filming is underway.
“It is great to see our iconic infrastructure on the global stage, but we urge motorists to avoid the area or postpone travel until after 10 am if possible. While the tunnel will stay open, delays are expected on detour routes,” Mr Collins said.
“Motorists, including operators of freight and oversize vehicles, can also consider using Victoria Rd and Gladesville Bridge as an alternative.”
The Cahill Expressway Circular Quay Overpass will be shut from 1 am to 12:30 pm, with the walkway closed between 2:30 am and 12:30 pm.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway and footpath will close from 5.30 am to 10 am.
Trains will continue to operate across the SHB while it is closed to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
“A Sydney Harbour Exclusion Zone will also be in effect from 5.30 am to 10 am,” Mr Collins said.
“We also encourage pedestrians and cyclists to avoid the area while closures are in place.”
Mr Collins advised customers to take a train if they needed to travel in the area during the Coathanger’s closure.
“Buses will terminate on either side of the SHB in the Sydney CBD and North Sydney from 3 am to 10 am. Customers can catch trains to continue their trips,” Mr Collins said.
All citybound traffic from the Western Distributor will detour via the Bathurst St off-ramp, and all traffic accessing the Western Distributor from Fig and Pyrmont streets will detour via the King St off-ramp.
Local roads beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Dawes Point and Milsons Point/Kirribilli, including sections of Hickson Rd, Alfred St South and Olympic Drive, will close from 5.30 am to 10am with managed access when it is safe to do so.
Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect from 3 am to 10am on key roads in North Sydney and from 6 am to 10 am in the Sydney CBD – motorists should check signs carefully to avoid being towed.
Footnote: The Fall Guy will inject $244 million into the local economy, having received a $30 million grant from the Federal Government and $15 million from the NSW Government. It’s believed the movie has employed more than 1000 Australian cast and crew members, plus 3000 Australian “extras”, according to Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.
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