Sunday’s explosion at a former Holiday Inn building in Roslin, Virginia, led to a new multi – use development.
A former Holiday Inn building in Roslin, Virginia, exploded Sunday morning without incident, leading to a new multi-use development.
The 8 a.m. strategic explosion occurred in 1900 blocks of Fort Myer Drive near Lee Highway.
The 18-storey hotel has been operating on the Virginia side of Key Bridge since 1972, but was closed earlier this year for a planned renovation.
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VDOT officials encouraged people to watch the event online without seeing it in person, citing security concerns and low vision from the ground.
The demolition caused a few road closures in the surrounding area this weekend. In Virginia, U.S. Parts of Route 29 closed at 6:30 a.m., as did the following nearby streets:
- Eastbound Lee Highway, from North Quinn to North Lin Streets (reopening estimated at 6 p.m.).
- Ford Myr Drive, westbound Lee Highway to Wilson Boulevard (reopening estimated at 6 p.m.).
- 19th Street North, from North Lynn Street to Fort Myer Drive (reopening 6 p.m.).
- North Nash Street from Fort Myer Drive to Key Boulevard (reopening 6 p.m.).
- North Nash Street from Key Boulevard to Lee Highway to the west (reopening at 6 p.m.).
- North Moore Street, 19th Street North to Lee Highway (reopening estimated at 6 p.m.).
- Westbound Lee Highway, from North Lynn to North Oak Road (reopening estimated at 10 a.m.).
- Ford Myr Drive, GW Parkway to West Lee Highway (reopening 12 noon).
- Key Boulevard (reopening 12 noon) from North Nash to North Oak Roads.
- North Nash Street from Key to Wilson Boulevards (reopens at 12 noon).
- Colonial Terrace – Residents only (reopens at 10am).
Traffic on the main bridge was diverted northward until 9 a.m. on the GW Parkway
Interstate 66 in Roslyn reopened to traffic just after 9 p.m.
Exit 73 at Roslin closed.
In DC, Roosevelt Bridge reopened to outbound traffic after 9 p.m.
Northern traffic on Virginia Route 110 reopened just after 9:30 p.m.
Authorities encouraged drivers leaving the district this weekend to connect the newly rehabilitated Memorial Bridge to their alternate routes.
Below is a map of the area.
The blast was approved when the Arlington County Board visited Ditmar last year Their redesign plan. The building, which is decades old, will be replaced by a multi-purpose development with two towers, a 25-storey residential tower and a 38-storey hotel tower.
WTOP’s Melissa Howell, Dave Tildin, Jack Pointer and Luke Garrett contributed to the report.
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