Traffic delays are expected on several Palo Alto streets today while crews film an upcoming comedy TV series about Silicon Valley, a Palo Alto police lieutenant said.
The filming is for a 30-minute pilot of an HBO series directed by Mike Judge. Palo Alto police Lt. Zach Perron said HBO applied for permits
under the name "Untitled Silicon Valley Project."
According to the Internet Movie Database, the pilot is for a show expected to air sometime this year called "Silicon Valley."
Police advise motorists planning to travel through the downtown area this afternoon to take alternate routes if possible.
Judge is best known for directing the 1999 feature film "Office Space" and creating the animated comedy series "Beavis and Butt-head."
Entertainment news reports indicate that the show will mock the startup and technology culture in the Silicon Valley, and that the plot centers around six programmers who are living together and trying to make it big.
Here is the Palo Alto Police Department's complete advisory:
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, there will be four areas of Palo Alto where traffic will be impacted to varying degrees due to a film company operating in town.
The film crew will be in four separate locations at different times during the day as described below. Only one location is expected to have a signficant impact on commute traffic.
1) The most significant impact on traffic will occur in the downtown area between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. University Avenue between Waverley Street and Webster Street will be intermittently closed between those hours. Detours will be set in place and officers will be working traffic control in the area to assist motorists. All downtown businesses will remain open, and officers will periodically open University Avenue to ease traffic congestion when possible. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes if they plan on commuting through the downtown area.
2) Between 9 a.m. and noon, the film crew will be on Page Mill Road between El Camino Real and Peter Coutts Road. Very brief roving road closures will occur, but they are expected to have a minimal impact on traffic.
3) Between 9 a.m. and noon, the film crew will be on El Camino Real between Embarcadero Road and Page Mill Road. Very brief roving road closures will occur, but they are expected to have a minimal impact on traffic.
4) Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., the film crew will be on East Charleston Road between Alma Street and Middlefield Road. Very brief roving road closures will occur, but they are expected to have a minimal impact on traffic.
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