DANVILLE - The city has closed some traffic lanes on West Main Street, because bricks have fallen from the front of a building on the south side of the street, according to city officials.
Doug Ahrens, public works director, said a crack has developed on the northeast corner of the two-story building and bricks have slipped away from the facade near the foundation. The property, which is owned by the Mielke family, is across from Courtesy Ford, 231 W. Main St., and is used as storage. It's also just west of the Mielkes' other building which houses their business, the Bargain Barn, 230 W. Main St.
Ahrens said the property owners notified city officials of the situation Wednesday afternoon, and the city decided it would be best to close the traffic lane nearest the building, which is the outside eastbound lane on West Main Street. It's closed from the Gilbert Street intersection to Walnut Street.
Ahrens said the city also closed the inside westbound lane of West Main Street, which curves to the south and merges onto South Gilbert Street as it crosses Memorial Bridge.
"It was felt that it was best to err on the side of caution and close traffic immediately," said Ahrens, who added that the property owners have already enlisted a contractor to begin removal of the front portion of that building. He said they are also putting up a fence to keep pedestrians away from the front of the building.
Ahrens said the contractor is expected to begin removal of the front portion of the building immediately, and the lanes will remain closed until that's finished.
"We anticipate it will be that way until at least (Thursday evening) or Friday at the latest," Ahrens said.
He said the city has put up signs encouraging westbound drivers on West Main who want to go south on Gilbert Street to go north on Franklin Street and west on North Street to access Gilbert.