Some drivers said they were almost a half hour late to work this morning because of the filming of "Homeland." The Showtime TV drama wrapped up its shoot around 2:30 this afternoon.
Tuesday morning the intersection of Fifth and Tryon streets was bumper to bumper with one lane on both streets shut down between Fourth and Church streets.
Drivers said the traffic headache could have been avoided if they would have known about it ahead of time.
"I would have left earlier if I would have known but nothing at all," said one driver. It was the complaint many drivers had all morning long. Some say it took them more than 15 minutes to get to work. It was mainly an issue for commuters headed into town on 5th.
"It's just difficult, slow, it's hard to get around," said Robert Green.
Pacific 2.1 Entertainment is the production company responsible for filing permits with the city for the filming of "Homeland."
According to a locations manager on site it was filed weeks ago.
Typically the city would send an update of the change to media outlets, but when Eyewitness News checked, it was not on the weekly street use notification sent out by C-DOT.
Overnight we called the CMPD's duty captain uptown and learned a permit was approved by the city for the filming of "Homeland" until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The production company also said it contacted property managers and restaurants over the past several weeks to let them know they'd be filming.
Commuters who don't live in the area say they would have liked a sign or some type of notice for them.
"It is definitely difficult and not many places to park, that is what I'm doing now, trying to find a place to park," said Green.
Many people we spoke to are excited about the business the film industry brings to the Queen City and to the state. Drivers said the traffic issues could have been avoided if they would have had extra notice.
"Homeland" will resume shooting tomorrow here in the Queen City on Wednesday.