In preparation for the upcoming winter weather event, Broadlands Association and our snow plow contractor, Signature Snow and Ice Control, have made as many advanced preparations as possible in order to keep the association owned roads cleared for emergency response vehicles. Please take a moment to determine whether you live on a VDOT street or a private (HOA owned) street. See Snow Removal and Maintenance 2016-2017 if you are unsure. Those residents living on private streets pay an additional assessments to the HOA to fund private road maintenance, including snow and ice services. Residents on VDOT streets do not pay the HOA for their road maintenance; these roads are paid for by your personal property taxes. The VDOT website has some good information regarding snow removal at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp. The chief objective of snow plowing is to clear one drive lane in order for emergency responders to get to you in the event of a fire or other life threatening emergency. We ask that you stay home and off the roads for your safety and the safety of others. If you get on the road under less than optimal driving conditions, you may endanger the lives of snow plow operators, emergency responders who would help you if you got hurt, and doctors/nurses/etc. trying to get to their essential, life-saving jobs. Vehicles driving on snow compact it down, making it more difficult for the plow blade to clear the surface to the pavement. Please heed the warnings of the government and media and stay off the road unless you absolutely must be out in it. Once again this season, the HOA has provided our contractors with a dedicated phone to handle snow emergency comments from our residents living on HOA owned streets. If you have an immediate concern regarding an HOA owned street or sidewalk, you may contact dispatch at 202-617-6484. This phone will be monitored throughout the storm, but please leave a message if you do not reach dispatch immediately. They may be handling other calls or plowing at the moment. If you reside on a VDOT street, you may contact VDOT at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or You may also visit http://vdotplows.org to track VDOT truck locations in real time. Please take a few moments to refer to the Snow Removal FAQs for Broadlands Association. The HOA office and Nature Center will close in conjunction with the Loudoun County and/or Federal Government.