The City of Dallas ripped up asphalt Monday night on Elm Street – the path of President John F. Kennedy's motorcade when he was shot on Nov. 22, 1963.
The asphalt removal scraped away two X's on the road, allegedly placed by conspiracy theorists years ago, to mark the spots where Kennedy was shot. The markers were often photographed and tourists could usually be seen running into the road to get their photos on the spots.
The road work came just four days ahead of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
"We are laying asphalt to level out the streets and remove
any trip hazards," the city told FOX4 in a statement. "With thousands visiting the area this week we think that
is prudent. The city does not mark the X's nor know who is responsible."
A ceremony marking the event will be held in Dealey Plaza on Friday. City officials have said the ceremony will be solemn and dignified.
Visitors in Dealey Plaza on Tuesday seemed split on the move to remove the X's.
"People here are coming here to see the sign on the street," said Benny Levenson, who was visiting from Germany.
But others thought the X's in the street were unseemly and wouldn't be missed.
"I don't think its that important," said Zeke Mendonca, a visitor from California.