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Atlantic City to spend $50,000 removing Black Lives Matter tribute as road paint confuses drivers

Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of those words across the entire road confused motorists who didn’t know where to drive on it.

Instead, the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted onto the repaved road in a manner that does not obscure lane divider markings, Mayor Marty Small said on Thursday.

The City Council voted on Wednesday night to spend $US36,000 ($A47,395) to repave the road, which police said had become so confusing to motorists that the city blocked it off at either end with barriers to prevent anyone from driving on it.

“It was an oversight on our part, and when we realised it, we fixed it,” Small said.

“The words ‘Black Lives Matter’ will still be on the street.”

US police say they had to shut a road with a BLM tribute to avoid accidents amid motorist confusion. Credit: AP

The road needs to be repaved because the type of paint used in the display cannot be painted over, officials said.

Last September, the city held an event in which volunteers donated paint, materials and labour to write “Black Lives Matter” in huge capital letters stretching from curb to curb on a section of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in the city’s downtown.

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