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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Snow Removal Guidelines on Streets in Broadlands

SNOW REMOVAL GUIDELINES IN BROADLANDS

WITH THIS WEEKEND’S FORECAST CALLING FOR SO MUCH SNOW, PLEASE MAKE A POINT snowTO FOLLOW THESE TIPS:

Before:

  • Move cars from street parking to garage/driveway to allow plows plenty of room
  • Bring in your Thursday trash and recycle bins, so they aren’t in the way – or buried.

During/After

  • It’s a big storm – give the crews time to reach your street.
  • Be sure to contact the appropriate plowing company – see Snow Removal Guidelines
  • When clearing your driveway, pile snow to the sides, so the plow won’t push it back into your driveway.
  • Clear sidewalks in front of your house as soon as possible (it’s the law).
  • Be mindful of your neighbors, please pile snow where it won’t be a nuisance.

More info on winter weather from VDOT: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

The Broadlands Association is not responsible for removing snow or treating state or county maintained (VDOT) roadways. The Association is only responsible for clearing snow from paved parking areas in townhome neighborhoods and HOA maintained roads in the community. Snow removal will be performed when an accumulation of 2 inches or more has fallen on the ground. Please click the following list to find out if VDOT or the HOA maintains your street, which numbers to call with questions, and guidelines on snow removal: SNOW REMOVAL LIST AND GUIDELINES

Important Storm Information

The following information was sent last night to residents who subscribe to Broadlands Blast. Use the form at the top of the sidebar on the right to sign up for these email notifications.

Plowing Streets
VDOT is responsible for plowing streets that are county maintained, while the HOA is responsible for plowing privately owned streets and parking lots and the developer plows streets in sections they are still developing.  If you are uncertain who owns the street you live on, please check out the street listing (or Snow Removal Guidelines at the right). It is very helpful for residents to park in their driveways where possible. This allows plows to clear the widest path on the street and reduces the likelihood of parked vehicles getting hit either by passing snow plows or by other vehicles traveling on slippery road surfaces.  It is also helpful to remove trash and recycling cans or other obstructions from the roadways.

Clearing Sidewalks
Residents are reminded to clear all sidewalks adjacent to their property.  Chapter 1022.01 of the Loudoun County Codified Ordinances requires that snow and ice be removed from sidewalks that are adjacent to publicly maintained streets.  Please do not shovel snow into the street.

Pond Safety
Playing, walking, skating, or any other activity is prohibited on all community ponds. There is no ice in this community that can safely withstand human weightParents, please tell your children that it is extremely dangerous, even deadly, to walk, play, or skate on the ponds in the community. Keep your pets off the ponds as well as they are equally susceptible to falling through and getting seriously hurt of killed.

More Information

Snow Stakes! Coming Soon To a Street Near You

As you may have noticed, the VDOT snow plows have made a bit of a mess of the main drags here in Broadlands. VDOT plows Claiborne Parkway, Broadlands Boulevard, and Waxpool Road/Truro Parish (among others). The large plows that are used on these main roads sometimes have a difficult time locating the edges of the roadways when they are snow covered, and they often run up the sloped curbs and onto the grass, skimming and damaging the surface of the turf. You can see the grass divots as you drive throughout the community. HOA funds are used to restore this turf damage in the spring. In an effort to assist the plows in identifying the edges of the roadways and keeping them off the turf, the HOA will be installing snow stakes every 50ft along the main roads. These 6ft orange stakes will be driven approximately 8″ into the ground at the edge of the turf where it meets the curb. We expect the stakes to be installed in the next week and they will remain until the threat of snow has greatly diminished (generally mid March). In future years, they will be installed at the beginning of the snow season, likely mid to late November.