Stretch of Loop 303 closed for 'Transformers' filming

Filming a Hollywood motion picture continues in the west valley and that means an extended closure for Loop 303. FOX 10's Nicole Garcia reports.

- The Transformers franchise has landed in Arizona, where crews are filming "Transformers: The Last Knight." Filming will happen along a 14 mile stretch of the Loop 303, all the way from Interstate 17 to Lake Pleasant Parkway. But that's not the only place they're filming. A Flagstaff superfan stumbled upon another Transformers set near Lake Roosevelt.

"We see a big brigade of maybe 20 or 30 cars all blacked out military vehicles. My friend was thinking it was special ops and then in the middle of it I saw an Autobot, and I knew right then it had to be transformers," said Kayleigh Lauzen.

Kayleigh's photos and videos are blowing up on social media. With fan Pages like "TransfomerCars" putting Arizona's landscape front and center.

"To have come across them on a weekend trip in Apaches was completely incredible and amazing I had no idea," said Lauzen.

The movie cameras will be rolling along the 303 because even a Decepticon knows our desert is more than meets the eye.

That 303 Closure began at 2:00 a.m. Friday, June 10 and was to end at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. Now that closure has been extended for a few more days. The movie means big business for Arizona, but is leaving some drivers anxious for Decepticons and Autobots to wrap it up.

Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled for release on June 23rd, 2017. 


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