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Mayor Nutter Outlines Safe Walking Route Around Dilworth Plaza Construction

(The mayor's office showed a graphic detailing where to walk -- and where NOT to walk -- during the renovations around City Hall.   Credit:  Paul Kurtz)

(The mayor’s office showed a graphic detailing where to walk — and where NOT to walk — during the renovations around City Hall. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Nutter administration has developed a plan to help pedestrians get around Dilworth Plaza safely while construction workers spend the next 27 months renovating the area.

Pedestrians and motorists should start getting used to the fact that they will be inconvenienced for the next 27 months. That’s how long it’ll take construction workers to renovate Dilworth Plaza. Mayor Nutter is asking people not to risk their lives by walking the street adjacent to the construction site.

“If you need to get around City Hall in the Dilworth Plaza area, there is a way to do it safely: on the sidewalk on the west side to get around to the other side and then access the other three portals of City Hall and the courtyard to cut through.”

Heavy equipment near the fencing will make conditions too dangerous for covered walkways adjacent to the plaza, Nutter says. He adds that signs are being posted showing safe walking routes.

In addition, information cards are being distributed to office and residential buildings. Beginning next Monday, those cards will be handed out to pedestrians at more than ten crosswalks and intersections.

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