Q: How was the Bluemont Hotel built without closing one lane of traffic? The private business that is building the hotel on the southwest corner of 12th and Bluemont is closing one lane of Bluemont for over a year while they build their hotel. A private developer closing down a public road for that long seems unnecessary.

A: Actually, the city closed down a right-hand turn lane during construction of the Bluemont Hotel, according to Brian Johnson, city engineer.

“They weren’t in the true lane, but they actually closed (the turn lane),” Johnson said.

Construction crews working on the Courtyard by Marriott hotel going in at 12th and Bluemont are completing work up into the curb, Johnson said, which is requiring closure of the lane for the safety of the workers and those around them.

Johnson said the public works department has received many calls about the lane closure situation.

He said he understands frustration felt by drivers because he drives that route daily.

“I understand the traffic impact, but at the end of the day, it’s (about safety),” he said.

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