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'Die Hard' Freeway Row Breaks Out

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Oct 05, 2006 | 10:51am EDT

Filmmakers working on upcoming sequel Live Free or Die Hard have angered aviation officials in Los Angeles by proposing to shut down sections of the 105 Freeway and Imperial Highway around the city's airport this autumn.

Bosses at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) fear the closures for the Bruce Willis movie would severely disrupt traffic, and therefore air passengers' journeys to the airport--as well as costing cargo carriers thousands of dollars.

Studio 20th Century Fox has asked Film LA for permission to shut down the roads on various days later this month and next month.

Samson Mengistu--in charge of the city agency that runs the LAX area--wrote to the president of Film L.A., Steve MacDonald, on 2 October.

In an extract printed in today's Los Angeles Times, Mengistu wrote, "The studio's proposal to close both directions of Imperial Highway from Nash Street to Aviation Boulevard would have significant impacts on LAX passengers, workers and air cargo businesses operating on the airport adjacent to Imperial Highway."

20th Century Fox claims it will do everything to minimize disruption.

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