'Hangover 3' filming to shut down 73 freeway in Orange County

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The filming of "Hangover Three" is shutting down a key stretch of Highway 73 in Orange County this weekend. Many commuters and at least one Costa Mesa councilman are not happy about it.

The road is a key route between the 405 and Jamboree Road, which thousands of people use to get to and from Newport Beach, Irvine and Costa Mesa and to connect with I-5 and other freeways.

Production of the Warner Bros. film will shut down the 73 between the I-405 and Jamboree Road this weekend and one Costa Mesa city councilman says the filming will hurt businesses near the closure. But Orange County officials said it will help the area’s overall economy.

The section along the 73 toll road to be closed Saturday and Sunday does not have toll booths. But the agency that runs the toll road expects fewer fees and they have a contract with Warner Bros. to pay money to offset those tolls.

But the biggest impact will be on people trying to drive around the area during the weekend closure.

Not Carmageddon, but the detour will likely create slow going in the area.

Closure details: Saturday, Sunday: 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the southbound 73 will be closed from the I-405 to the 55 Freeway.

From the 55 to Jamboree Road, the southbound 73 will be closed between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The northbound 73 will close from Jamboree Road to Campus Drive between noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

This story has been updated.

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