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“Batman” Crews Move Into Downtown, Commuters Deal With Delays

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It may be summer in Pittsburgh, but it is winter in Gotham City.

The Tumbler, director Christopher Nolan and a beautiful, snow-covered city street, “The Dark Knight Rises” crew moved downtown today for their last week and a half of filming in the city.

“You would think Pittsburghers are used to seeing snow on the ground, but in August?” said Francine Milligan, who works at PNC downtown. “It really takes your breath away to see that they can make that happen.”

On Wednesday, parts Smithfield Street and Oliver Avenue were only allowing Gotham traffic through, which meant that among the rumble of the Tumbler, there was also a little griping.

“I’m already a little late,” said one commuter.

“This is totally bumper to bumper,” added Lisa Carmack, a bicyclist.

Even being on a bike couldn’t help Carmack. Buses were also rerouted and had to navigate through the congestion. There were also parking restrictions.

It was no ordinary morning for anyone that works downtown. Among the mix of people making their way to work were crowds stopping to take pictures.

While some don’t like all the traffic and congestion, others say any complaints should take a back seat.

“They’ll get over it very quickly,” said Milligan. “Especially when the movie comes out and they see their beautiful city being highlighted. They’ll realize it was all worth it.”

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