Plaza Hotel Implosion Brings Detours To Area Roads, Thousands to Site

It was a sea of people and quite a few cars on the road Thursday morning to see the Plaza come down.

Police and contractors were out well before dawn directing traffic.

But some drivers were still confused.

The final hours of the Plaza Hotel were full of anticipation as drivers and walkers flocked towards Texas Avenue and University Drive for the early morning implosion.

Road contractors pounded the pavement at 3:30 A.M. setting up detour signs for the spectacle to come.

Dylan Kleppel and his brothers beat the rush and came to campout from their home in Snook after getting up at 2:30.

"No I think I'll stay awake the whole entire time," said Dylan Kleppel.

"If y'all can start moving in that direction. Thank you," said Officer Phil Dorsett of the College Station Police Department, to a crowd of onlookers near the U-Haul store.

Houston resident Tim Tindall and others were a little bit too close to the action and had to step back a bit.

"I was doing good to get a parking spot down there by the Best Buy along the street. This is about as good as it gets but I don't know that we'll be able to get this close when they actually blow it up," said Tindall.

It looked like people lining up for a parade here on Texas Avenue. Now despite all the hype many drivers had no idea what was about to happen.

Starting at 5:00 A.M. things got confusing for some who apparently didn't get the memo.

"Can I get on University? Can I get on University? I need to get to work," exclaimed one driver.

"No but there's an officer there. take a left. Follow Hinsel over to South College," replied Officer Rhonda Seaton, giving directions to a truck driver.

After battling the crowds people clamored to claim a spot and watch the seven seconds that would forever change the skyline of Bryan / College Station.

"Good Morning B/CS!," said one spectator as the building came down.

College Station Police tell us at least one driver was ticketed for disregarding cones in the detour area.

All the roads around the site reopened around 7:30 Thursday morning.

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