Filming for the pilot episode of an HBO television show about a group of programmers trying to strike it rich in Silicon Valley is expected to tie up traffic in downtown Palo Alto on Tuesday, police said.

University Avenue between Waverley and Webster streets will be intermittently closed between 4 and 8 p.m. Area businesses will remain open and officers plan to let cars through when possible to ease congestion. However, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

Permits filed with the city for the filming refer to the pilot as "Untitled Silicon Valley Project" and list Mike Judge as the director, said Lt. Zach Perron of the Palo Alto Police Department. Judge is perhaps best known as the creator of the animated series "Beavis and Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill." He also directed the 1999 cult comedy "Office Space."

The HBO television show will be called "Silicon Valley," according to several entertainment-related websites. The dark comedy will reportedly focus on six programmers who live in East Palo Alto and are trying to create software that will earn them big bucks.

The filming in downtown will take place on public sidewalks near University Avenue and Cowper Street, according to a letter to neighbors from Felix Gehm, key assistant location manager for Encino, Calif.-based Brown Hill Productions LLC. Parking will be limited around the intersection, he added.

"We understand that we are guests in downtown Palo Alto and look forward to working with nearby residents and businesses," wrote Gehm, who invited residents and businesses with questions or concerns to contact him at 415-505-2061 or felixgehm@mac.com.

Additional roving road closures are scheduled today, but they are expected to have only minimal impacts on traffic, police said.

They will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Page Mill Road between El Camino Real and Peter Coutts Road, from 9 a.m. to noon on El Camino Real between Embarcadero and Page Mill roads, and from 2 to 3 p.m. on East Charleston Road between Alma Street and Middlefield Road.

Perron told The Daily News that he was not aware of any additional plans to close roads beyond today.

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Shopping on University Avenue, Palo Alto, 2008.
Shopping on University Avenue, Palo Alto, 2008. (Konstandinos Goumenidis, Daily News)