Brambleton Update
March 4, 2015

Information Release from Brambleton Community Association



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   March 4, 2015 
CONTACT:   Rick Stone PCAM LSM, General Manager 
                     (703) 542-6263; snow@brambleton.org 
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Weather Forecasters Are Calling for Another Significant Storm Starting Early Thursday Morning and Continuing Throughout the Day 
 

Brambleton, VA – (3/04/2015; 7:00 PM) Forecasters are calling for another significant winter storm that will drop rain and 4”-10” of snow on Brambleton.  The storm will start off as rain and will turn into snow sometime early Thursday morning.  The snow is forecasted to fall up to evening rush hour on Thursday.  It can be expected that Brambleton streets will be snow covered and slick while snow is falling.  

Brambleton Community Association (BCA) crews and contractors will begin snow 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 Friday morning to Snow@Brambleton.org

BCA plow operators and its contractors will plow according to normally accepted practices.  Those standards are as follows: 

  • On most streets, the operator will start in the center of the street and plow half of the snow to one side of the street and the other half to the opposite side by making continuous back and forth trips on that street.  This will result with a windrow in front of parking spaces and driveway entrances.
  • Streets will be plowed multiple times during a storm with accumulations greater than 2”.  
  • Snow piles at intersections can be expected.  These piles may end up on sidewalks, trails, or  ramp access points.  
  • Plow trucks typically travel at 10 to 15mph.  These speeds may increase or decrease depending upon conditions.
  • Always yield the right-of-way to plow trucks.  Plow trucks have limited visibility and reverse frequently.  Never pass a plow truck.  Keep a minimum of 100ft away from all active plow trucks.

Regal Wood Snow Route: Parking restrictions are in effect on the BCA-owned section of Regal Wood Drive (between Olympia Drive and Vickery Park Drive) from 12:00am Thursday (3/05/2015) through 6:00am Friday (3/06/2015).  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 starting on Friday and may take several days due to the amount of accumulation.  

VDOT Streets:  VDOT is responsible for all streets that have route numbers.  Route numbers are typically located above the street 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.  The sooner they are cleared the easier the task is and the safer all pedestrians (your neighbors) will be.  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 for all residents.  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 vehicle 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/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.   


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