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Old 01-25-2016, 06:29 AM
 
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Nothing plowed in my neighborhood in Centreville
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:49 AM
 
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We are always plowed thoroughly and early. I'm in a subdivision off Rolling Road. I could get out easily if I want to. I consider myself very lucky.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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It's interesting the disparity in plowing. I am in the Saratoga subdivision off of Rolling Road and our street (one of the cul-de-sacs in the back of the neighborhood, not exactly a priority) has been plowed multiple times staring Friday night. I, too, can see pavement. VDOT does our roads, not the HOA. I have sometimes thought that our neighborhood gets greater attention because of the Fairfax Connector Pentagon bus that comes through the neighborhood, but that really only explains the route of the bus, not streets like mine. Of course, the plows that come through our neighborhood are clearly contractors as they are typically trucks from landscape companies. Perhaps it makes a difference whether it's VDOT or one of it's contractors responsible for your neighborhood and perhaps the contractors vary in their thoroughness. Just some thoughts.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:59 AM
 
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It just seems kind of inefficient that some residential roads are getting plowed 5-6 times and some not at all. Really with the temps being as high as they are in the afternoon the sun would do a lot of the work if a road were just plowed once.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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My HOA takes care of plowing a path on the county road to our common driveways. This stretch is only a few hundred feet long, but it's the difference between getting out the first day and waiting 3-4 days for a plow.

I'd suggest that any HOA which isn't on a main road to contract for snow removal, otherwise you are at the mercy of when VDOT gets around.

Note: I grew up in the north and one of my neighbors plowed our road, as county trucks wouldn't couldn't come by for 3-4 days after a snowstorm, so this isn't just a DC issue.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:18 AM
 
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My HOA takes care of plowing a path on the county road to our common driveways. This stretch is only a few hundred feet long, but it's the difference between getting out the first day and waiting 3-4 days for a plow.

I'd suggest that any HOA which isn't on a main road to contract for snow removal, otherwise you are at the mercy of when VDOT gets around.

Note: I grew up in the north and one of my neighbors plowed our road, as county trucks wouldn't couldn't come by for 3-4 days after a snowstorm, so this isn't just a DC issue.
Yes and no. Our HOA also contracts out for snow removal, and they have done a thoroughly insufficient job throughout the storm. We still aren't able to get out. I couldn't even say what our other Oakton (near 66) streets look like since I can't get out to see them.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:24 AM
 
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HOA contracted snow removal finally got most of the neighborhood cleared in Haymarket. Still a lot of digging out to do, but I was able to get in and out in a 2wd SUV with no problems. Main roads are clear but we are right by the Haymarket hospital and 66, McDonald's was still closed though so back to eating bread and milk. https://youtu.be/ax8ptauDsLo
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:26 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Neighborhood street in Arl still untouched. Can't go anywhere. County plow crews are supposed to get to all such streets by Tuesday night--so I may have to telework tomorrow.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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In response to the person who said it only stopped snowing Saturday, anyone who has ever lived in a place where they don't get crippled by snow knows that the plowing intensity doesn't pick up after a storm - it is most intense during the storm to prevent roads from accumulating too much.

And yes, we have thousands of miles of road to plow. So do most other major metropolitan areas that deal with snow.

This isn't about timing or mileage. It is about planning. And it seems the planning is atrocious. If most of your plows are contracted, there should be strict planning measures put into place to make sure that all major roads are clear, and that all feeder roads have been plowed with enough regularity to allow cars a path out.

The fact that we don't usually deal with blizzards doesn't absolve poor planning when they do occur. We do deal with some snow every year, and we should expect better planning and responses from VDOT and others.

And before someone points to the cost and budgeting it would take to do this right, I point you to the enormous cost of shutting down all commerce in a major metropolitan area day after day.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:33 AM
 
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In response to the person who said it only stopped snowing Saturday, anyone who has ever lived in a place where they don't get crippled by snow knows that the plowing intensity doesn't pick up after a storm - it is most intense during the storm to prevent roads from accumulating too much.

And yes, we have thousands of miles of road to plow. So do most other major metropolitan areas that deal with snow.

This isn't about timing or mileage. It is about planning. And it seems the planning is atrocious. If most of your plows are contracted, there should be strict planning measures put into place to make sure that all major roads are clear, and that all feeder roads have been plowed with enough regularity to allow cars a path out.

The fact that we don't usually deal with blizzards doesn't absolve poor planning when they do occur. We do deal with some snow every year, and we should expect better planning and responses from VDOT and others.

And before someone points to the cost and budgeting it would take to do this right, I point you to the enormous cost of shutting down all commerce in a major metropolitan area day after day.
You've made some good points.
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