PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After filming in Lawrenceville, Oakland and at Heinz Field, crews working on “The Dark Knight Rises” are moving into downtown Pittsburgh today.

The film crews have blocked off several streets and that could cause traffic chaos over the next few days.

On Tuesday evening as preparations began for the filming process, cranes and generators were poised for production and security guards could be seen on every corner.

The key street closures local drivers need to know about include Oliver Avenue from Wood Street to Grant Street, as well as Smithfield Street from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue.

Those closures were put in place last night and run through 5 a.m. Thursday. There are also sidewalk restrictions and curb closures. The Oliver Avenue parking garage is closed today, too.

Signs perched in front of affected businesses are asking people to be patient.

The street closures also happen to be along some major bus routes. So, riders are being reminded that Hollywood is on location in the ‘Burgh.

“The nature of filming is such that things might change,” said Heather Pharo, of the Port Authority. “If your bus is detoured, the detour on Wednesday might be different than the detour on Thursday and the detour on Friday.

A blanket of snow was put down on Oliver Avenue overnight. The white stuff was also spotted on Smithfield Street as filming is expected to take place today.

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