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April 10, 2017

NFL draft preparations begin causing disruptions in Philly for residents, visitors

Check out photos outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The NFL has officially started taking over parts of Philadelphia ahead of this month's NFL draft.

Police barricades, scaffolding and heavy construction machinery will be a familiar sight along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the next three weeks. The draft will take place April 27-29 at Eakins Oval in the Fairmount section of the city.

Last week, workers began erecting a special outdoor venue that will contain the draft festivities outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but Monday marked the first day traffic and parking restrictions went into effect.

The work forced commuters who usually take Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive through the area to find new ways to travel downtown. The closure caused delays during rush-hour traffic.

Visitors will also be disappointed because construction will block access to the iconic museum steps, preventing tourists from re-enacting Rocky Balboa's famous pose.

However, the disturbances will only grow worse as the restrictions are only the first of four phases scheduled to be implemented this month through May 7.

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