A resident of one downtown Bethesda apartment building reports that residents' sleep was interrupted by a fleet of front loaders and dump trucks early this morning between 2:00 and 3:00 AM.
The well-choreographed ballet involved machines large and small, working together to remove plowed snow from the Woodmont Triangle area. These photos are taken from the area around the Bethesda Place apartments, and Lionsgate condos.
Those smaller machines pictured moved snow from curbs to form a massive pile in the center of Woodmont Avenue, as you can see. Then it was loaded into the dump trucks to be hauled out of town.
This the result of the unique challenge of snow removal in urban areas - there really isn't any place to put the snow. Thus contractors must be called in to haul it away. They left and then returned around 3:50, the resident reports.
Obviously, the early hour makes it much easier to carry out this operation, when there are few pedestrians or cars to worry about. Sleeping neighbors vs. angry daytime drivers is probably a no-win situation.
There's been a bit of both with last year's utility work under Wisconsin Avenue. I received emails from angry residents during night operations (8200 & Rosedale Park), and angry drivers when Verizon worked on the outbound side during the evening rush.
Is there a good answer to these sorts of dilemmas?