UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The blighted Lehigh Motor Inn is finally coming down, and a new hotel is going up in its place.

After sitting empty for more than three years, bulldozers started tearing down the old building in Upper Macungie Township around 9 a.m. Monday, and it's a welcome sight for residents.

The project manager told WFMZ's Justin Backover that at the last township meeting, there were cheers when the demolition date was announced.

"Tomorrow, we're gonna bring in a crusher and start crushing up the concrete and masonry, and we'll be using that as clean fill," said Matt Ott, owner of Modus Construction.

The five-week demolition will make way for an $11 million, 96-room Marriott hotel.

Memorial Road, which runs through the site, will be redirected to run into Blue Barn Road.

"We're gonna be relocating Memorial Road, and at that point, we're gonna have a short period of shutdown where we detour the road," Ott said.

Once the demolition is finished, the timeline for the new construction is 12 months, however, there's no official start date yet.