BCA Update - Winter

Information Release from Brambleton Community Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Internal and External - January 24, 2016

CONTACT:  Rick Stone - PCAM, LSM, General Manager
                    (703) 542-6263; snow@brambleton.org

Brambleton Community Association Continues Post-Storm Clean Up Efforts

Brambleton, VA – (1/24/2016; 12:00pm) Brambleton Community Association (BCA), the Brambleton Group LLC, and their contractors continue to perform snow removal throughout the community.  A combination of blizzard conditions on Saturday, including the high volume and rapid accumulation of snow, winds creating snow drifting, and limited access to refuel have contributed to the delays in clearing the roads.  Clearing efforts began at 4:00pm on Friday, 1/22, and will continue 24 hours per day until a travel lane has been cleared on all roadways. 

BCA will focus on the private streets that belong to the Association.  The primary goal is to establish a travel lane open for emergency purposes.  Crews will continue to widen and establish additional travel lanes as possible.    Residents can email all concerns for the conditions of BCA private streets, lanes, and alleys to Snow@Brambleton.org.  

Post-storm clean-up of this magnitude requires plows, heavy equipment, and dump trucks to work through the days and nights after the event to establish passible roads.  We understand that these delays can be inconvenient and disruptive. Residents’ understanding and patience are appreciated.  

Safety Reminders:
  • Do not pile snow into the roadway.  This delays plowing efforts and creates hazardous conditions for the plow operator. 
  • Plows have limited vision around piled snow.  Keep back a minimum of 100 feet, and give them the right-of-way at all times.
  • Do not walk or play in the streets.
  • Visibility will be impacted by piled snow.  Piles are typically created at intersections in an effort to clear the road.  These piles often end up on sidewalks.  
  • Keep away from and off of all ponds.

Regal Wood Snow Route and BCA Dead End Streets: Parking restrictions are extended on the BCA portion of Regal Wood Drive between Olympia Drive and Vickery Park Drive and all BCA dead-end streets through 12:00 PM Wednesday, 1/27/2016 due to limited space available.  Parallel parking in non-designated/recessed spaces is prohibited during this period.  This will allow time for crews to clear the street from curb to curb, which will allow for improved travel conditions in the days to follow.  Vehicles in violation of this restriction will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Owners of towed vehicles can recover their vehicle at Road Runner Wrecker Service (703-450-7555).

BCA Trails & Sidewalks:  Once all BCA streets and roads are cleared, staff and its contractors will focus on trails and sidewalks.  Work to clear primary trail and sidewalk routes is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, 1/27/2016.

VDOT Streets:  VDOT is responsible for all streets that have route numbers.  Route numbers are typically located above the stops signs at intersections.  VDOT concerns can be directed to 1-800-FOR-ROAD or Online Work Request at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp 

Residents’ Responsibilities:  BCA asks all Brambleton residents to do their part to help with the storm.  Please assist us by taking the following actions or precautions.
  • Do your best to clear your sidewalks and adjacent common area sidewalk.  
  • Clear 3’ on all sides of an adjacent fire hydrant.
  • When clearing driveways, parking spaces and sidewalks, do not throw, pile or blow the snow into the streets.  This practice creates unnecessary and additional hazards.  Large volumes of piled snow can also slow or hamper removal operations.
  • Help a neighbor.  Snow shoveling parties are a great way to clean up after a winter storm while spending time with neighbors and family.  Enjoy the beauty and time with each other.
  • Sled Safely!  Brambleton has several hills that residents can use for sledding. Please keep safety as a first priority when sledding.  Be sure kids do not sled into streets.  Avoid hills that have rocks or trees.  Do not park on 4-lane roads or on common area grass.  Dress warm.  Take breaks to rehydrate.

General information on snow removal can be found on our website at http://www.brambletonhoa.com/248/Winter-Storm-Management.   Specific concerns related to BCA snow removal efforts should be emailed go to Snow@Brambleton.org.

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