Feb 16

Concrete Jack to Remediate Trip Hazards

Concrete Jack will be performing repair work on HOA owned sidewalks to raise and support or grind down concrete as appropriate, to reduce trip hazards.  They are scheduled to be on site from Monday, February 20th-Thursday, February 23rd. We do not anticipate any significant interruptions in sidewalk access.  Detailed information on the process can be found on their website at http://concretejack.com/sidewalk-repair/.  These repairs are both environmentally friendly (uses existing concrete rather than removing, discarding of, and repouring old concrete) and cost efficient.

 

May 19

Paving Update

After weeks and weeks of rain, Fairfax Paving and Excavation was able to get into the community to perform some concrete work Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20.  Crews posted notices on Wednesday, May 18.  The schedule is as follows:

Crew 1: Thursday will be on Sunstone and Westdale courts

Friday they will be in section 11 (Iredell Terrace, Riders Square and New Bridge Square.

Crew 2: Thursday will be in section 7 (Center Post Terrace, Frame Square & Crossbeam Square)

Friday they will be in section 8 (Welby Terrace, Field Station Terrace & Ivywood Terrace)

Additional updates will be provided as soon as available.

Jan 25

Evening Update and LoCo Information

Our plow operators keep working day and night to attempt to clear passable lanes on HOA owned streets. Most of these crews have not seen their own beds, more than a few hours of sleep, a hot meal, or their families in over 80 hours.  They are putting in long hours to help keep you safe.

To give you an idea of the sheer volume of snow they are dealing with, the association is responsible for 1.2 million square feet of road surface to clear (This figure does not include any community building parking lots or sidewalks and trails). 36” inches of snow means 3.6 million cubic feet of snow to clear. 5 lbs per cubic foot means 18 million pounds of snow to move – or roughly 9,000 tons. Granted those figures take into account clearing curb to curb, which is not feasible at this time. With plowing one passable lane, this still leaves about 4,000 TONS of snow to move – with the added complication of finding places to put it all. Please be patient as they do their best to clear your roads.
Additionally, since Virginia is under a state of emergency, some of our heavy equipment has been commandeered by the state in order to provide emergency assistance.  Two tractors were pulled for medical bone marrow donor emergencies, and additional crews are working at this moment to assist the state with other emergency medical needs. (Note: the HOA is not billed for the times when the plows are working for anyone other than the HOA.)  Please understand that they have not forgotten you.  They will be back as soon as they are able.
We continue to receive inquiries regarding VDOT roads, which the HOA has no jurisdiction over.  Please review the road list at the following link prior to contacting the HOA to check the ownership and maintenance responsibility:  https://www.broadlandshoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SnowRemoval.pdf.
We understand that the VDOT phone lines are overwhelmed as well, but please continue to contact VDOT directly at 703-383-8368. The HOA staff and contractors cannot assist with VDOT owned streets.
If you find yourself in a true emergency situation, dial 9-1-1. 
Loudoun County Urges Residents to Be Patient as Snow Removal Operations Continue
 
Loudoun County officials continue to work with our state and local partners to support snow removal operations.  We recognize that many residents are frustrated with plowing operations in their neighborhoods and we ask for patience as crews continue to work to help get people moving again.
The significant amounts of snowfall have impacted crews’ ability to clear roads as quickly as Loudoun County residents have seen following snowfalls in the past. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advised that crews continue 24-hour operations in area subdivisions. VDOT and its contractors, who number about 9,600, have about 48,000 miles of subdivision roads to clear in the Northern Virginia District. In many places, we should not expect to see bare pavement for many days due to the volume of snow that has to be removed.
County officials recognize that many residents are concerned about who is responsible for snow removal on their neighborhood streets. While Loudoun County Government has been doing all it can to support snow removal operations, the county does not plow snow on the vast majority of roads in our community. Here’s some information about who maintains/plows roads:
  • VDOT is responsible for snow removal on state-managed roads. These typically include major roadways, secondary roads and subdivision roads that are not managed privately by homeowners associations (HOAs) or private-contract, such as shopping center lots.
  • The Towns of Purcellville and Leesburg are responsible for plowing town-managed roads within their jurisdictions.
  • HOAs or property-owners typically manage snow removal in residential areas, such as around townhomes, condos, apartments, and on private property.
  • Developers are responsible for a small number of developments that are still under their purview because the roads have not yet been entered into the state system; in these cases, developers have responsibility for removing snow.
  • Loudoun County removes snow from a very small number of streets that are managed by the county government.
The difficulty of snow removal efforts during this historic snow event has been compounded by a number of other factors. For example, some snow removal equipment that is typically used by contractors on residential streets has proven inadequate for the volume of snow that has fallen. As a result, heavy equipment (that is typically used on major roadways and highways) must be brought in to get the job done, which has delayed the plowing of many residential streets. VDOT crews are working non-stop to clear the 16,000 neighborhood streets in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties. Check for plow progress near your house.
VDOT advises:
  • Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel as low overnight temperatures likely will result in icy pavement conditions.
  • If residents have a serious emergency (i.e. medical or fire), they should call 9-1-1 and VDOT will work in coordination with emergency responders to get them the help they need.
  • Crews are asked to be mindful of pushing large piles onto driveways, but in an extreme storm it is an unintended consequence of making roads passable.
Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at I-800-367-7623 for more information, including plowing and treatment of roadways.
Loudoun County Encourages Residents to Help  Each Other During Recovery Effort
 
Loudoun County encourages residents to work together as a community to help clear snow from sidewalks, trails, driveways and parking lots following the historic storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas. In particular, please help neighbors who need assistance due to their physical abilities, health or other conditions.
While the, homeowners associations, and private contractors are primarily responsible for snow removal, Loudoun County officials recommend that where possible, neighbors, faith communities, and other groups organize shovel brigades to help people safely move around our county again as soon as possible. Please consider helping your neighbors who might be away from home on vacation. With school out Monday through Wednesday, youngsters can take a break from video games and other indoor activities. Those who are lucky enough to own a snow blower could volunteer to share the equipment for a community snow-removal effort.
As a reminder, please shovel snow with care to avoid injury and over exertion. In addition, the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management suggests residents and clear a three-foot radius around the hydrant, which helps firefighters to quickly spot the hydrant and access it quickly in the event of an emergency.
Jan 25

Monday Plowing Update

We are receiving complaints regarding HOA streets needing additional plow service.  We continue to dispatch crews to all HOA owned streets and appreciate your patience as we work on our digging out efforts.  Crews have been on site for three days clearing out roads, but will continue to work until all HOA owned roads are passable.  The dedicated snow plow phone is overwhelmed with calls wanting to know when streets will be open, so if you do not reach a live person, please be patient and try again.

We also have relieved a number of inquiries regarding VDOT roads.  Please review the road list prior to calling to check the ownership and maintenance responsibility and contact the appropriate party.  We understand that the VDOT phone lines are overwhelmed as well, but please continue to contact VDOT directly.  The HOA staff and contractors cannot assist with VDOT owned streets.  The list can be found online at https://www.broadlandshoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SnowRemoval.pdf.
If you find yourself in a true emergency situation, dial 9-1-1.

Jan 24

Monday Trash Service Cancelled

Due to cleanup efforts and road conditions, Patriot Disposal has announced that all trash collection services for Monday, January 25th have been cancelled. Trash service will resume on your next regularly-scheduled collection day (Thursday).  Rest assured that all accumulated materials will be collected when they return. At that time, please be sure that all containers are accessible, movable and free from ice and snow.

Broadlands contractors continue their efforts to clear roads and sidewalks.  The county has asked people to stay off the roads until at least Monday in order to allow crews to make roads as safe as possible.  The subzero temperatures expected overnight will create hazardous conditions with black ice.  Please stay safe and stay home if at all possible.

Jan 23

Snow Plow Operations Update

This is to provide a quick update to assure you that our crews have been out and working around the clock to try to keep a path clear on the private streets in Broadlands.  There are ten trucks, three tractors, a bobcat, front end loader, and over 25 people dedicated to clearing the streets and sidewalks in Broadlands.

However, this storm is historic in nature and our drivers have said it is worse than Snowmageddeon was in 2010.  The wet, heavy snow, high winds, frequent whiteout conditions, and massive snowfall rates in a short period of time make keeping up with the snowfall difficult.  The trucks have also encountered abandoned vehicles in the middle of roads that they must work around, and have even gotten stuck themselves at times.  Additionally, the plow operators are having trouble finding fuel locally, and are having to travel to Leesburg or Chantilly to fill up.  They have also been helping ambulances get into the neighborhood and emergency responders get out of the neighborhood to get to work.

They are asking residents not to shovel snow from their driveways into the roadways as this creates even more snow for the plows to try to push.  Please shovel snow off your driveway into your yard if possible.
We ask for your continued patience and thank you for your understanding during this crippling and historic storm.

Jan 22

January 2016 Blizzard Update

The HOA office and Nature Center will close by 12:00 pm on Friday, January 22, 2016 in conjunction with the Federal Government.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you are well aware that we’re expecting a significant winter weather event this weekend.  Whether we get 12 inches of snow or 30, the impact will take its toll and we will be digging out for several days.  The governor has declared a state of emergency, schools have been canceled, and we are under a blizzard warning with heavy snow and wind expected through 6am Sunday.  Conditions will deteriorate rapidly starting Friday afternoon. I wanted to take some time to explain a little bit about what to expect in the coming days. Continue reading

Aug 12

BROADLANDS LIVE – Party Pop & Classic Rock!!! Friday night, August 14th

WHEN: August 14 2015 @ 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
WHERE: Hill Side Park – next to Old Stone House, 43051 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
WHAT: Celebrating a Dozen Summers of Rockin’ in the Broadlands! 2nd FRIDAYS MAY THRU AUG

THIS MONTH’S BANDS: The Project – 6:00pm , Just South of 7 – 7:30pm

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY: The Great Zucchini from 5-5:45pm

Free concert, BYOB, ID’s required for alcohol consumption. No glass please! Purchase Broadlands Gear to take with you…blankets, reusable solo cups, lanyards, etc. For more details on the calendar of entertainment, parking and vendors, please visit http://www.broadlandslive.com/calendar.html

Jul 08

BROADLANDS LIVE – Decades of Dance!!! Friday night, July 10th

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WHEN: July 10, 2015 @ 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
WHERE: Hill Side Park – next to Old Stone House, 43051 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
WHAT: Celebrating a Dozen Summers of Rockin’ in the Broadlands! 2nd FRIDAYS MAY THRU AUG

THIS MONTH’S BANDS: One Fine Mess and The Reflex

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY: The Great Zucchini from 5-5:45pm

Free concert, BYOB, ID’s required for alcohol consumption. No glass please! Purchase Broadlands Gear to take with you…blankets, reusable solo cups, lanyards, etc. For more details on the calendar of entertainment, parking and vendors, please visit http://www.broadlandslive.com/calendar.html