|Woodmoor Shopping Center in the snow around 9:15. Photo by the author.|
|University Boulevard at Saint Lawrence Drive. Photo by the author.|
|Westbound Beltway traffic. No one is in the right lane because it became the de facto merge lane for traffic entering I-495 from southbound Colesville Road.|
|Gridlock at the intersection around 9:30. Photo by the author.|
The buses we're up and running despite the snow, but there were significant service delays and reductions. One reader reported that the C buses were running very infrequently, which I can confirm, since I only saw one C4 go by when I was up at the intersection for an hour. The buses on Colesville Road were a bit more frequent, but there were way more "not in service" buses passing by than in service ones, which I found a bit confusing.
|A Ride On #9 headed to Wheaton.|
|An MCDOT plow on Williambsurg Drive. Photo by the author.|
While the roads are generally clear or getting cleared, almost all of the sidewalks remain untouched, making them difficult and uncomfortable to use.
However, when I first walked up to intersection around 9, a good Samaritan had shoveled the sidewalk along University Boulevard between Williamsburg and Saint Lawrence (making the sidewalk there super easy to walk down). Unfortunately, by 11, multiple plow passes in the adjacent travel lanes had left mounds of snow on the formerly cleared sidewalk. This is a reason why buffered sidewalks are so important--even a 4 foot wide grass strip between the sidewalk and the curb can prevent occurrences like this--but no one considered pedestrian convenience when this road was designed 60 years ago.
To whoever cleared that sidewalk: thank you for your efforts, and I'm sorry your hard work was undone by poor 1950's era road design.
|Woodmoor sign at Williamburg and University. Photo by the author.|
|Entrance to the woods at Big Rock.|
|The trail and hillsides.|
|The creek near the Beltway bridge.|