Sunday, November 21, 2021

Fallen tree on Little Falls Trail

Another observation from my walk on Little Falls Trail yesterday. A long-dead tree fell and currently blocks Little Falls trail.  In the background you can see a car that is driving on Massachusetts Avenue.

You can see this is not the first time a tree has fallen down this hill and blocked the trail.  I wonder what is causing this.


 

Sewage Overflow in Little Falls park

 

I was walking on the Little Falls Trail near the Dalecarlia Reservior and saw that starting on Wednesday the 17th and not fully remediated yet, there was a sewage overflow at the southern end of Little Falls Stream Valley park.  There are numerous signs posted along the trail there.


There are two big pumps for pumping sewage into one of the sewer manholes.  The pumps mostly, but don't completely, blog the Little Falls Trail right near the Capital Crescent Trail.


A temporary sewage line is propped up across Little Falls Creek.


A black temporary sewage pipe going up the hill along the Little Falls Trail.  The fence on the left is the boundary for the Dalecarlia Reservoir Grounds.




Saturday, October 30, 2021

Auburn Professional building demolition site


 The demolition of the Auburn Professional building at 4915 Auburn Ave in Bethesda, MD (and the adjacent Huntington Learning Center/Maryland Radio building) is technically not complete, but it is close. Most of the debris hav been cleared, there is just a couple piles of metal and a layer of brick and concrete block are left on the ground.


Here's another view of the demolition site on Auburn Avenue, you can also see the building next to it has a new mural that looks to still be in progress.


The ground level view shows the piles of metal at the site of the former Auburn Professional building.



Friday, October 29, 2021

A burning tree along Fernwood road


 This morning a tree fell on a power line and caught fire on Fernwood Road by Interstate 495 in Bethesda, Montgomery County fire and Pepco responded, blocking off Fernwood Rd for a considerable period of time.


A Pepco employee watches the buring tree.  the tree was leaning against a power line.  While I was watching, there the fire flared up several times.


Monday, October 18, 2021

Fully Electric Ride-On buses are coming

 

I saw them testing out a new fully electric ride on bus this past weekend, they look a lot better than the current diesel buses (which I am not fond of).  This one wasn't in service, it was just driving on Sangamore Road.


Given that I saw the bus twice, once going in each direction, I think it was following the Ride On route 23, to see what real-world range is.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Demolition of the Auburn Professional Building continues

 I took a walk by the Auburn Professional Building this morning to see how the demolition is going. 

They were hard at work today demolishing the Auburn Professional building.  As the giant claw tore at the building and piled the metal away from other debris, a construction worker kept up a spray of water to keep dust down.  The Huntington Learning Center building (formerly Maryland Radio) is completely gone, the only trace that something was there is the concrete ramp leading to where the loading dock was.


The back of the Auburn Professioanl building. Demolition has started on the far side of it.  The Huntington Learning center building is already demolished, it used to block the view of the red brick building you can see in the distance.


From this angle you can't really tell the building is partway demolished, it looks like it is just undergoing renovation.  However, the far side fo the building is where the demolition is currently occurring.



Friday, October 1, 2021

Demolition of the Auburn Professional Building has begun


 The demolition of the Auburn Professional Building and Huntington Learning center building has begun. They started at the rear of the Huntington Learning Center building, you can see the back quarter of the building has been knocked down.

The front of the building has a fence close up to the wall of the  building.


The fencing continues down the block and goes around the Huntington Learning Center building.  Demolition has started in the back of this building.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

The portables are gone at Walt Whitman High School

 

Notice anything different?  For the past few years there have been portable classrooms in this section of the parking lot, since the new wing is open they are no longer needed and have been removed.

Here's how this part of the parking lot looked earlier this year with the portables still in place.


You can tell exactly where the portables were because the blacktop has square patches where the classrooms were anchored down.

The new sign is now (mostly) done, proudly proclaiming the name of the school.  The black rectangle should get an LED variable message sign at some point in the future.

Here's the new classroom wing. The building is ready but there is still work that needs to be done on landscaping, water retention, and paving. Even though the parking lot has been striped, it has not been paved to be even to the curp bottom, another layer of blacktop is still to be added.


I understand that they might not want water going into the water retention areas yet since they are not complete, but it seems like an overkill and more permenant than needed to brick the drainage cuts up.