Downtown Clinton will be transformed into a Civil War-era setting when filming begins on “Free State of Jones,” which is scheduled to begin filming Friday and run through June 3, according to a news release.
Filming will take place on St. Helena Street, Liberty Street and on the courthouse grounds.
Those traveling through Clinton should be prepared for delays and detours.
Through June 3, the following streets will be temporarily covered with dirt:
St. Helena St. from Plank Road to Bank Street.
Church Street approximately 75 yards on each side of St. Helena Street.
Liberty Street from Woodville to a point no farther south than the entrance of the Clerk of Court parking lot.
Parking will not be allowed in the closed areas, the news release said.
During the closure period, local traffic will be routed onto Woodville and Jackson streets, and large truck traffic will be detoured around Clinton on alternate state highways.
On filming days, there will be no parking adjacent to the courthouse, but the movie crew will provide secure off-street parking adjacent to the courthouse square. Shuttle service will be available from the parking lot to the courthouse and Lawyers Row, location manager Stephen LeBlanc said.
East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch said his office along with the Clinton Police Department will arrange traffic control.
The movie will involve horses and carriages, battle scenes, rain towers and special effects including pyrotechnics, the news release said.
For information call (504) 313-1610.