WASHNGTON - The snow that is being removed from the streets of D.C. continues to pile up in the parking lots of RFK Stadium, covering the fields of asphalt with mountains of snow and ice – some over 12 feet high.
The stadium lots have been used as a snow dumping ground since the storm stopped over the weekend.
Around the city, the process works like this: Small front-end loaders and plows make their way through side-streets, pushing the snow to main roads. Larger loaders gather the snow together into piles and then those piles are loaded into large haul dump trucks. The large haulers make their way to the stadium lots and unload the snow – creating the massive piles.
Snow melters are also being used at the dump site. One melter, on loan from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, can melt up to 80 tons of snow an hour.
The new snow melter has arrived at RFK from Massachusetts DOT, it will melt 80 tons of snow an hour. pic.twitter.com/uea26RdmuF— Dave Rysak (@DaveFox5DC) January 28, 2016
The team of Massachusetts department of transportation guys arrive with their snow melter to be used at RFK. pic.twitter.com/yATvQLaisi— Dave Rysak (@DaveFox5DC) January 28, 2016
Mel talks with Chris Geldart DC's HSEMA (Homeland Security) director about the snow removal operation at RFK stadium pic.twitter.com/evYFDaQQbq— Dave Rysak (@DaveFox5DC) January 28, 2016