Saturday, September 10, 2016
Bethesda TV tower goes dark for 3rd time in 21 months
Crown Castle has had frequent problems with the lights on this tower. When they are on, one or more of the flashers have frequently operated at intensities that exceed light pollution regulations. The problems are apparently contagious. A cell tower operated by Crown Castle at the nearby Kenwood Golf and Country Club recently had its reliable red warning light replaced with one of these unreliable, cheap white flashing lights.
The record of Crown Castle makes one wonder how long it will be before that tower starts having light issues as well. Meanwhile, right over the border in the District, several TV towers continue to successfully use the standard red flashers. I've advised Crown Castle during numerous communications to reinstall the red lights, which never failed over several decades, and have never generated light pollution complaints.
Here we go again. Crown Castle has usually been responsive when I contact them, but it is clear that they have no intention of permanently solving these problems.