ATLANTIC CITY – Drivers in Atlantic City have become confused and disoriented trying to navigate along a section Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. That’s because the Black Lives Matter Movement painted a huge yellow “Black Lives Matter” mural that stretches across the entire road last year against the law. Now, the city says, it has to go.
The city had turned a blind eye, and did nothing to stop community activists from defacing the roadway against the law and in a way that could even cause injury. Officials are now claiming they didn’t know.
The New Jersey DOT and the U.S. DOT both prohibit such painting on roads because of the dangers they present.
On the other side of the social spectrum, Ocean County officials are dealing with a similar problem. Last week, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy asked county commissioners to paint a blue line outside the county justice complex.
That request was denied because is violates the law. Under the law, municipalities and government entities can lose state and federal funding for violating DOT safety regulations.
The Atlantic City mural stretches one full block and is painted in thick yellow block letters across the entire roadway.
Councilwoman Latoya Dunston admitted she and fellow councilmembers didn’t know the law when they sanction the BLM mural last year.
The street is a two-way street with a solid double yellow line dividing the lanes. Under state law, you cannot modified or decorate roads with solid double lines. City officials tried to negotiate to have the road changed to a one-way road, but state officials balked at the idea as it’s a major connector road used during the summer tourism months. The road connects Route 30 to the boardwalk.
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