A yellow “Black Lives Matter” road mural in Atlantic City, N.J. will be repaved and redone after the lettering caused confusion for motorists, The Associated Press reports.
The city voted Wednesday night to spend $36,000 to pave over the original writing and repaint the Black Lives Matter slogan in a way that is less distracting for drivers.
The road needs to be repaved because the paint used on the road cannot be painted over, officials said.
According to the report, the words obscured traffic signals painted on the four-lane roadway, confusing motorists to the point where the road had to be closed to prevent accidents.
The Black Lives Matter slogan will still be written on the road, but only on a portion of road that doesn’t involve lane dividers.
Modeled on the Washington, D.C. mural at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House, New Jersey activists originally wanted to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk, which the city denied. However a compromise was made to complete the mural on the downtown boulevard named after the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King.