Information Release from Brambleton Community Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2015
CONTACT: Rick Stone PCAM LSM, General Manager
(703) 542-6263; firstname.lastname@example.org
Brambleton Community Association Prepares for the Second Winter Storm this Week. Extreme Temperatures Continue.
Brambleton, VA – (2/21/2015; 9:00 AM) Brambleton Community Association (BCA) is ready for its second winter storm this week. The storm is projected to hit Brambleton by noon and will continue to drop snow for 5 - 6 hours before it turns to sleet and freezing precipitation. The forecast calls for another 3” - 6” inches of snow and .10 inch of freezing precipitation. This along with the low temperatures will result in dangerous conditions throughout the community.
BCA Crews and contractors will begin clearing operations once 2” of snow has accumulated on its private streets. The focus will remain on these streets throughout the storm until all streets are cleared. This could take up to 6 hours after the snow stops falling. Travel on the roads and streets will be hazardous and residents are advised to keep off the streets during this time. Please email the Association any concerns of private streets that are not plowed by Sunday morning to Snow@Brambleton.org.
The extreme low temperatures will impact clearing efforts. Due to the low temperatures, the snow will immediately stick and accumulate on roads, sidewalks and trail surfaces and will impact the effectiveness of ice melt products.
Regal Wood Snow Route: Parking restrictions are in effect on the BCA portion of Regal Wood Drive between Olympia Drive and Vickery Park Drive from noon on Saturday (2/21/2015) through 6:00 AM Sunday (2/22/2015). 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).
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 take place Tuesday afternoon through Thursday primarily during daylight hours.
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.
Residents’ Responsibilities: This storm will deliver decent amounts of snow to our community. BCA asks all Brambleton residents to do their part to help with the storm. Please assist us by taking the following actions or precautions:
- Clear your sidewalks and adjacent common area sidewalk. This should be performed Tuesday morning before the snow has a chance to freeze. This will make your job easier and will keep your neighbors safe by keeping them from walking in the cleared streets. The Association will clear the common area sidewalks and trails on the major routes to schools and the Town Center, but needs your help with the shorter section of sidewalks located within your neighborhood.
- 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.
- When clearing driveways, parking spaces and sidewalks, please do not throw 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.
ALERT: BCA has seen an increase in occurrences where residents throw large amounts of snow into plowed streets while clearing their driveway. This deliberate action unnecessarily creates areas of slick and icy conditions. I ask that residents pile snow to the side of their driveways and not plow, shovel, throw or blow snow into a cleared roadway. Proper clearing of driveways and sidewalks will reduce such hazards throughout our community.
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.
General information on snow removal can be found on our website. Specific concerns related to BCA snow removal efforts should go to Snow@Brambleton.org, and for a list of available snow blowers and shovelers in the community, click here.