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Where the heck are the slow plows?

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by L0stS0ul, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    As fast as the snow was coming down they would have had to plow every hour. You think VDOT, HOA or developer has the resources? I doubt ANY town, city or state has the resources to be able to plow ANY residential road that often.

    I have lived in NH were snow is certainly a major issue and you know what, we had the same problems with the roads there that we do here is residential communities.
     
  2. Mazinger

    Mazinger New Member

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    The state is already out of "snow" money this year and most side streets probably only got plowed once. Imagine the cost if residential streets had to be plowed several times throughout this past week.
     
  3. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    there was no way to avoid the snow piling up like it did. it snowed for too long, too hard, too steady. i applaud the work that's been done on many of the roads i've been on. but there will be some jacked up suspensions for folks driving the neighborhood streets regularly- the pits and holes and unevenness are pretty intense. it's not that you CAN'T drive on it, it's that it's awful.
     
  4. Pirate

    Pirate Overland Park Denizen

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    I concur with Hershey!
     
  5. MLB20148

    MLB20148 New Member

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    They came today on our street at 6am and all they did is throw some sand and grind the ice. Our tax dollars at work (not)
     
  6. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Basil Court still had not been touched. One iced over treacherous travel lane. Two FedEx trucks got stuck yesterday.....which means the whole street was impassable until several residents got them out.
    A neighbor finally got through to VDOT this morning. VDOT claims they showed our street was already done!!!!! He assured them it was not, and was a major safety hazard because the street has a curving, iced over hill in the road.

    A few hours ago, my son, and myself stopped at the intersection of Basil/Glebe View to try and chop up the ice. My car would bottom out because of all the ice potholes in the 6-8 inch thick ice. Couldn't get to far until my neighbor came out with what I caa a "Buffalo pole." (He's from Buffalo where they know how to deal with snow and ice.) He had a 4 foot iron pole with a point at one end and a blade at the other. It chopped through the ice like butter!

    While we were out there, here come's VDOT!!!! A pickup truck with a blade in front and sand spreader in back.
    The driver looked to be about 70 years old, hunched over, with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He proceeds to go down the street spreading the sand, and plows 2 feet from ONE side of the road. That's it. Wow! Thanks, VDOT. You suck beyond belief.
     
  7. signifer

    signifer Member

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    Hi,

    We live in the townhouses at the end of Village. While VDOT has done nothing worthwhile on Village (it is one of the worst roads around), I would like to thank whoever did the townhouse roads. Not only did they do a terrific job in clearing the roads, they went out of their way to not plow lots of snow into the shoveled out driveways when the did the final plowing of the road. This is greatly appreciated.

    A resounding THANK YOU to those guys!!!

    Best regards,
    Richard
     
  8. mamatothree

    mamatothree New Member

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    Thank you! I think our guys do a terrific job on the HOA roads and considering the magnitude of this snow event they performed outstandingly!
     
  9. famceo

    famceo New Member

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    Sorry but I am not impressed by the work that was done on my street it was almost non existent (thanks HOA)! So no budget for snow no budget for education what is next?

    Edit I am seeing a tractor!!!!!Yeah!!!
     
  10. msflynn

    msflynn New Member

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    famceo - I am not sure what street you live on but if your street has not been plowed curb to curb I know it is not an HOA street. The majority of the streets in the community are VDOT streets which is why it looks so bad. The HOA has nothing to do with VDOT streets - including when and if these are plowed that is all up to the state. I agree that what was done was unimpressive, but please make sure to complain to people who can do something about it - your state represenatives David Poisson (703) 421-6899, Senator Mark Herring (703) 729-3300 and continue to call VDOT their number is listed on page 17 of Decembe'rs newlsletter (703 383 8368).

    Staci

     
  11. sharse

    sharse TeamDonzi rocks!!

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    I find it interesting that on some streets it's quite clear in one area, but continue on that same street for 10 houses and it gets ugly. Ridgeway is almost amusing in that respect. And turning from Ridgeway onto Highview Trail is nasty until you get past the first few houses, and then it's almost down to bare pavement. Claiborne is ok until you get to the intersection with Ridgeway/Wynridge. Did they even TRY on that one?
     
  12. esubscribe

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    I haven't whined/complained until now...but even after 3 days past the snowstorm, Ridgeway/Wynridge/Claiborne intersection is horrible. Does VDOT handle the entire Claiborne stretch or is it VM?
     
  13. famceo

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    Not sure who to blame they have been working for couples hours on demott (tonight) but this is the 1st time...Thanks for all the infos...I do not like to complain but what's the point the snow is packed now and icy it is way more work than yesterday or monday for instance.
     
  14. msflynn

    msflynn New Member

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    VDot now has all of Claiborne

    Staci
     
  15. msflynn

    msflynn New Member

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    I totally agree with you. Demott is also a VDOT street and it is notorious for being bad even in the best of storms. Trust me I understand your frustration I use to live on an HOA maintained street and now live on a VDOT one. Though the HOA maintained ones get plowed curb to curb you never get more then a few hundred feet and then you hit all the mess as most streets are VDOT. Fortunately for us we only get storms like this once every 7 to 10 years.
    Someone asked earlier about the cost of the HOA to take on the plowing of all the streets as a rough estimate it would be about $10 per house per month and that still would not cover a storm this size. That amount is not something the HOA board can do on their own with out a special assesment and I do not see us ever being able to get the needed approval to make that kind of change
    As a side note: VDOT has a hard time keeping up in this area with needed roads let alone maintenance and snow removal. Until something drastic changes in Richmond I do not see any of this being resolved.


    Staci
     
  16. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    To the charming jack@@s who called my house to complain about the plowing at 1:06am this morning, at least have the gonads to leave your name and address.
    Loser.
     
  17. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    Probably someone who was complaining about their street not being plowed too.
     
  18. Mazinger

    Mazinger New Member

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    Sometimes when you get patches on the road it's how the sun shines. Parts may be blocked by houses or trees and don't get direct sunlight, so it doesn't melt as fast or turn to slush and gets washed away by cars. Not saying this is what happened on anyone's particular street though....
     
  19. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    How rude and ignorant. Its one thing to come in here and vent, its another to call your home. , like YOU are controlling the plows! Your own street is in lousy shape for cryin out loud! Ridiculous behavior.
     

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