The expectation of a snow day can be exciting and thrilling, however, for the South Riding Proprietary staff, when it comes to winter, it means being prepared for snow covered roads, icy streets and sidewalks. During a snow event the best way to reach staff is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So who is responsible for what services? Answering these questions aides in preparation and expectations for all involved.
There are several responsible parties for snow and ice management within the South Riding community.
- Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for VDOT maintained streets.
- South Riding Proprietary (SRP) is responsible for privately owned lanes and alleys, and parking lots and sidewalks adjacent to common area.
- Residents are responsible for their driveways, including the apron and all sidewalks adjacent to their lot.
- If you live in the apartments or in a condo association within South Riding, contact your management company for responsibilities and expectations.
So what should you expect from SRP staff, VDOT and your neighbors?
South Riding Proprietary (SRP)- Everyone on the SRP staff is involved in winter weather preparation. From snow plowing, to logging snow concerns and continuously updating information on the South Riding website and Facebook page. The Operations team has dedicated staff for snow plowing on SRP owned streets and sidewalks adjacent to common areas. Additionally, SRP contracts with a vendor to supplement the remaining portion. While every storm is different, staff follows a procedure for snow and ice management.
Snow plowing begins when snow reaches a depth of 2 inches on SRP streets. All SRP streets are made passable as top priority. Plow drivers will do their best to plow away from driveways and will also plow as wide of a path as safely possible. If cars are parked on the street this will lessen the width of plowing. Once all SRP streets have been completed, the facilities and townhouse parking lots will be cleared. Depending on weather conditions, prior to the commencement of schools, staff will clear sidewalks adjacent to SRP common areas near schools and “school walker” areas. Next, common area sidewalks and trails are cleared.
The South Riding Proprietary street responsibility list shows who is responsible for each street.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) – VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. This does not mean the roads will be cleared “curb to curb” or “down to the asphalt”. For information on tracking VDOT’s progress, please visit http://www.vdotplows.org/ . This website allows residents to view VDOT’s mobilization plan for winter weather in detail and shows snow removal progress during and after a storm. The site displays each plow driver’s route, when they start plowing and when they have completed. If you do not see that your road has been plowed or treated in the time frame of their 48 hour goal, or if you have found damage to your mailbox, call 1-800-367-7623 or visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp to report a problem.
South Riding Proprietary Residents- Residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks and driveway aprons adjacent to their lot. This must be completed within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow/ice has stopped falling or before local schools resume, whichever comes first. Removal may include shoveling and/or the application of ice melt products. Please keep in mind, only non-corrosive, environmentally-friendly material shall be used. Some residents may have health concerns that make snow removal difficult, so please keep your neighbors in mind and consider lending a helping hand.