VIDEO: Rosslyn skyline changes following hotel implosion

Sunday morning’s implosion of a former Holiday Inn building in Rosslyn, Virginia, appeared to happen without incident, making way for a new multiple-use development.

The 8 a.m. strategic explosion occurred in the 1900 block of Fort Myer Drive, near Lee Highway.

The 18-story hotel had operated on the Virginia side of the Key Bridge since 1972, but closed earlier this year for a scheduled renovation.

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VDOT officials encouraged people to watch the event online rather than in person, citing safety concerns and poor visibility from the ground.

Rosslyn Implosion Info from r/nova

The demolition caused a handful of road closures in the surrounding area this weekend. In Virginia, portions of U.S. Route 29 was closed at 6:30 a.m., as was the following nearby streets:

  • Eastbound Lee Highway, from North Quinn to North Lynn streets (estimated reopening is 6 p.m.).
  • Fort Myer Drive, from westbound Lee Highway to Wilson Boulevard (estimated reopening is 6 p.m.).
  • 19th Street North, from North Lynn Street to Fort Myer Drive (estimated reopening is 6 p.m.).
  • North Nash Street, from Fort Myer Drive to Key Boulevard (estimated reopening is 6 p.m.).
  • North Nash Street, from Key Boulevard to westbound Lee Highway (estimated reopening is 6 p.m.).
  • North Moore Street, from 19th Street North to Lee Highway (estimated reopening is 6 p.m.).
  • Westbound Lee Highway, from North Lynn to North Oak streets (estimated reopening is 10 a.m.).
  • Fort Myer Drive, from GW Parkway to westbound Lee Highway (estimated reopening is 12 p.m.).
  • Key Boulevard from North Nash to North Oak streets (estimated reopening is 12 p.m.).
  • North Nash Street, from Key to Wilson boulevards (estimated reopening is 12 p.m.).
  • Colonial Terrace — residents only (estimated reopening is 10 a.m.).

Key Bridge traffic was diverted onto northbound GW Parkway until about 9 a.m.

Interstate 66 in Rosslyn reopened to traffic after 9 a.m.

Exit 73 in Rosslyn was also closed.

In D.C., the Roosevelt Bridge reopened to outbound traffic after 9 a.m.

Northbound traffic on Virginia Route 110 reopened to traffic after 9:30 a.m.

Officials encouraged drivers leaving the District to incorporate the newly rehabbed Memorial Bridge into their alternate routes this weekend.

A map of the area is below.

The implosion was approved last year when the Arlington County Board gave the Dittmar Company the go-ahead on their redevelopment project. The decades-old building will be replaced by a multiple-use development with two towers, a 25-story residential tower and a 38-story hotel tower.

WTOP’s Melissa Howell, Dave Dildine, Jack Pointer and Luke Garrett contributed to this report.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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