PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Heading into Center City this week? Be warned – the squeeze is now on around the Art Museum. Work on the NFL draft stage is slowly, but surely, eating up lanes around Eakin’s Oval.
Phase one of parking and driving restrictions for the 2017 NFL Draft start Monday, April 10.
“It could be a slight inconvenience for people, but for the good of the city, it’s good,” said Karriem Samuels from North Philadelphia.
A couple hundred thousand people are expected to be in the city for the three-day celebration later this month. Tens of millions of dollars are predicted to flow into the local economy.
“It’ll put Philadelphia on the national stage and the world sports stage,” Samuels said.
Starting at 12 a.m, Spring Garden Street westbound will close at Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition, the westbound center roadway of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain two lanes from 20th Streets to Eakins Oval.
Drivers will not be able to drive in the left lane of Benjamin Franklin Parkway from East Eakins Oval to Spring Garden Street. The right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be closed for prep.
Southbound Kelly Drive will have a lane drop between 25th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The restrictions will be in place until May 7 at 11:59 p.m.
“It’s gonna be nothing like seeing the Eagles draft pick going up on that stage,” Samuels said. “And I’ll be at the draft, too.”