Transformers' D.C. Invasion Begins

Get Ready for Robots, Celebs and Street Closures

Shia LaBeouf is taking his act from Wall Street to Washington beginning today, when crews start filming scenes for the upcoming "Transformers 3."

After delays in filming dates, director Michael Bay is finally bringing Optimus Prime and the rest of the gang to Washington for the third film based on the popular toys. (Come on, you know you're humming "robots in disguise" right now.)

But before you head out hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite Autobot -- or your friends who are working as extras, you should know there will be significant parking restrictions in the actual filming areas.

First off, don't freak out -- officials say filming near the Capitol will include pyrotechnics.

Starting Monday, Oct. 11, roads surrounding the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington will be closed from 5 to 9 p.m. Lanes of Columbia Pike will be shut down periodically. Police say pedestrians should avoid the area. Additionally, several streets just east of the Capitol will be closed off. The restrictions will also include part of the National Mall from the area near the National Museum of the American Indian up to the East Gallery. It will also include a large section just west of the Ellipse.

Then on Tuesday, parking restrictions will be in place for parts of the Mall near the Smithsonian. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, streets will be closed near the U.S. Capitol, including 3rd and 4th streets between Constitution and Independence avenues.

Closures and restrictions on Wednesday and Thursday will include the middle of the Mall and several blocks near the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

Fortunately, the District Department of Transportation has set up a complete list with specific dates and times. DDOT officials have also set up a special hotline that you can call for the latest information at (202) 540-8039.

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"Transformers 3" is set to open in theaters in July 2011.

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