4:51 PM EDT, July 16, 2012
The detour that was put in place while the Downtowner Motor Inn in Danville was demolished has been removed.
Normal traffic patterns have been put back in place.
Original story from July 11
A detour in place for the demolition of the Downtowner Motor Inn has been extended through July 16.
The City of Danville says heat and thunderstorms have delayed the demolition crew.
A detour is in place as crews work to demolish the Downtowner Motor Inn in downtown Danville.
Travel is now down to one lane of northbound traffic for the next six days. The detour brings southbound traffic from Main Street onto Market Street and then to Spring Street. Once on Spring Street, traffic is being routed to Ridge Street.
Floyd Street will remain open.
North Union Street from Main Street to Spring Street has been closed.
The northbound lane for drivers on Main Street toward Memorial Drive and Craghead Street will stay open.
Click here to see the city's live web cam of the demolition.
There will soon be a big change to the Danville cityscape. Demolition starts Friday on an old hotel downtown.
It was once the place to stay in Danville, now a hotel dubbed an eyesore is coming down.
"I really don't want it to be demolished, but it's already halfway down now," said longtime Danville resident Paula Harris.
Take a good look at the Downtowner Motor Inn now. Starting Friday the hotel will slowly become dust.
"It was a place where you could go, they used to have a club in the basement. It's a big part of downtown," Harris said.
An excavation crew will use this machine with a 95 foot arm to "munch" away the building from the top down.
The entire process will take a week to complete changing traffic flow in the process.
Starting Friday, a portion of Main Street and North Union Street will become one lane.
Drivers will be routed around the demolition until the project is complete.
Demolition, set to start Thursday, was postponed because of storm damage clean up throughout the region.
The hotel opened in 1963, housing a nightclub, shops and a restaurant.
It closed 23 years later.
"And you know I really wished they would have turned it into something, you know, that we could have came, you know like a museum or something about downtown," Harris said.
Now the hotel originally built to revitalize downtown is becoming the a foundation for Danville's new River District revitalization project.
To watch the building be demolished, click here.
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