'Hangover Part 3' filming to close O.C. toll road over weekend
A normally busy stretch of the 73 Toll Road in coastal Orange County will be closed intermittently this weekend for filming of “The Hangover Part 3,” an arrangement that is not drawing thumbs-up reviews from everyone.
"I think that it's another example of a state agency that just does what it wants without understanding what it does to a local community," Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger said.
"I think this will affect a lot of businesses in our city,” he said. “Clearly the state doesn't care what happens in local communities."
The section of toll road subject to closure on Oct. 20 and 21 stretches from the 405 to Jamboree Road, which slices through portions of both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and takes motorists south.
Warner Bros. is expected to pay the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor for lost toll revenues and other costs, though it is unclear how much the agency that operates the tollway will receive, board minutes for the corridor agency show.
California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Gloria Roberts said the highway would close for permit work but would not elaborate. She encouraged motorists to plan their schedules accordingly.
Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch said the city was trying to minimize the effect on residents, and the city is now looking to coordinate detour information.
Newport Beach met with several Caltrans staff members to plan for the closure, said city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.
This would be the third of the ill-fated-bachelor-party movies. The original was set in Las Vegas, and the follow-up in Indonesia. According to IMBd, it’s back to Vegas in the latest version.
How a stretch of Orange County toll road figures in the plot is unclear.
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Photo: The Hangover gang strolls through the airport in "The Hangover Part II." Credit: Warner Bros.