In the past, VDOT has pushed some of the completed streets in
Russlen Farms. The problem has always been that the secondary roads in
Woodbridge and Russlen are so far down the priority list, they were always late
in getting cleared.
Our builder [Graham-Thomas] has always been responsible to remove snow from the roads in the
unfinished parts of the subdivison [whose roads are yet unpaved].
Also in the past, our builders have typically cleaned off the rest of the the roads in the
subdivision themselves (or had someone do it for them) in an effort to provide a quicker,
more responsive removal of the snow. This is a practice that Mr Thomas has said will
continue to provide as well.
The December of 2009 snowfall was a unique situation - over 16 inches fell! The sheer
volume of snow on the roads was huge!. It was our builders that had their equipment working in the subdivision
immediately after the snow stopped. They also [at their expense] arranged for a private
subcontractor to assist as well.
Mr. Thomas has said this will be their standard practice going forward. To better prepare Graham-Thomas has actually purchased additional snow removal equipment
themselves, not at the expense of the Homeowner's association.
Normal snowfalls have not been a problem
and we do not think they will be in the future. However, please be patient! If we get another
16” event it will take time to deal with an event of this magnitude.
We think that the response will be better, but we will be
relying strictly on our builder's own resources to improve the response time. VDOT will
not plow the secondary roads in Woodbridge and Russlen until the primary roads
are clear. It is our builder's goal to have the roads in Russlen plowed before VDOT
even gets to Woodbridge.
Here are a couple of guidlines:
- for snowfalls of 3 inches or less - clearing efforts will be more strategic - perhpaps on sharper hills
- For any predicted heavy snowfalls, please make every effort to move your vehicles off the street to make room for the snow removing equipment.