BCA Update - Fall

Brambleton Community Association Prepares for a Winter Storm That Will Deliver 6-12” of Snow Over a 12 Hour Period

Brambleton, VA – (3/13/2017; 11:00 am) Brambleton Community Association (BCA), the Brambleton Group LLC, and their contractors prepare for a storm that is forecast to deliver up to 12” of snow Monday night into Tuesday.  The storm is projected to hit Brambleton between 8:00 pm Monday through 2:00 pm Tuesday.  Snow is forecasted to start as rain then switch to snow, and continuously fall through these hours.  Snow rates of 2” per hour could occur at times.
BCA will focus on the private streets that belong to the Association.  Crews will begin clearing operations around midnight and will plow through the storm.  The primary goal while the snow is falling is to keep the travel lanes open.  The goal is to have all BCA streets cleared within 8 hours after the snow has stopped falling.  

Travel on BCA streets during the storm should be limited to essential and emergency travel only.   Vehicles parked or abandoned in a manner that is dangerous or obstructs efficient plow operations will be towed at the owners’ expense.   

Trash Collection Service: Based on the forecast’s timing and snow accumulation amounts, trash collection on Tuesday 3/14/17 will most likely be canceled.  Please do not place trash out for collection Monday night.  BCA will update residents to the status of trash collection once Republic Services makes their decision.  If canceled, the next collection day will be Friday, 3/17/17.

Regal Wood Snow Route and BCA Dead End Streets: Parking restrictions are in effect on the BCA portion of Regal Wood Drive between Olympia Drive and Vickery Park Drive and all BCA dead-end streets from 5:00 PM Monday, 3/13/2017, through 10:00 AM Wednesday, 3/15/2017.  Parallel parking in non-designated/non-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).

Parking In the Brambleton Town Center Garages:  Residents who typically park their vehicles on the streets and cannot make use of their garage or driveway during this storm are encouraged to park their vehicle in one of the upper levels of the parking garages during the storm.  The Developer has approved this use of the garages from Monday, 3/13/17 through 12:00pm Thursday, 3/16/17.

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, 3/15/2017.

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:

  • Park your vehicle in your garage, driveway, or in the Brambleton Town Center parking garages during the storm.  This will allow crews to fully and efficiently clear the streets.
  • Clear your sidewalks and adjacent common area sidewalk.  
  • Clear 3’ on all sides of an adjacent fire hydrant.
  • Remove trash/recycling containers from the street.
  • 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.

Safety Reminders:
  • Vehicles need to be parked in garages, driveways, designated striped-spaces, or at the Brambleton Town Center parking garages.  Do not park on private, narrow, or dead-end streets.  The plows need room to operate and places to push snow.
  • Plow and equipment drivers have limited vision during the storm.  Keep back a minimum of 100ft, and give them the right-of-way at all times.
  • Use the roads only for emergencies and essential travel during this storm.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Every storm is different, and conditions change rapidly.  BCA will continually monitor the storm, forecasts, and predictions and may find a need to deviate from this plan.  Regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us, we are prepared to address the needs of the community relative to winter storm cleanup.  We ask that all residents work with us to achieve these goals. 

Residents can email all concerns for the conditions of BCA private streets, lanes, and alleys to Snow@Brambleton.org.  Emails of concerns pertaining to unplowed BCA streets which are received prior to the expiration of the 12-hour post-storm period will be considered accordingly.

General information on snow removal can be found on our website at http://www.brambletonhoa.com/248/Winter-Storm-Management

Additional Storm Resources:
Alert Loudoun: https://www.loudoun.gov/alert
Loudoun Road Maintenance Map: www.loudoun.gov/roads
VDOT Snow Plow Map: http://vdotplows.org/

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