By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Good news for commuters in Philadelphia. Martin Luther King Drive is expected to reopen to vehicles the first week of August.

A city spokesperson tells CBS3 “based on consultation with City Council and the progress of the City’s infrastructure projects including improvements to the Martin Luther King Trail, and upgrades to lighting and upcoming paving, the City is announcing that Martin Luther King Drive will be open to vehicular traffic beginning in August. Adjustments to the configuration of MLK are under review.”

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Councilman Curtis Jones also issued a statement to CBS3:

“Traffic patterns can make or break communities. At the onset of the pandemic, MLK Drive was temporarily closed and was used to provide additional open space to cyclists, pedestrians, and joggers. In addition, much-needed Capitol repairs are being performed to repave this critical thoroughfare. This temporary closure gained in popularity to the degree that stakeholders wanted to make the closure permanent. Push back from many adjacent neighborhoods from as far away as Mt. Airy to Parkside have protested the closure because of the inconvenience of travel as well as increased traffic due to the detours. Future closure times must be negotiated with communities most impacted by them.”

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The roadway will continue to close for weekend recreational use through the end of October and the city is exploring opportunities to extend these closures.

More details will be provided in the future.

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