Roads in Birmingham city centre were brought a halt following a mechanical failure on a crane at the site of a new landmark hotel.
Police sealed off several roads around the site by Moor Street station on Thursday morning after workers reported the fault on a crane.
Officers cordoned off Park Street, Moor Street, Fazeley Street and New Canal Street when the fault was reported shortly after 11.30am.
Drivers experienced long delays as police directed traffic away from the scene while repair work was carried out, but the Bullring, Pallasades, Pavilions and all railway stations remained open.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said the cordons were put in place to “ensure the safety of people and traffic in the area”.
Building work is currently underway at the site the junction of Freeman Street and Park Street for a new nine-storey hotel by the Hotel La Tour group.
City planners approved proposals for the new 174-bedroom hotel at City Park Gate, Eastside, last August.
The new hotel is close to site earmarked for a new railway station under government plans for a high speed service to London.
Facilities at the hotel will include a restaurant, bar, gym and conference facilities, and the project is expected to create 100 full and part-time jobs.
The scheme is a scaled down version of a previous proposal for a 16-storey hotel on the site