The responsibility for snow plowing in LRR is shared by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Homeowners Association. In addition, there are areas that are the responsibility of homeowners.
Areas of Responsibility for the HOA
Town home courts – drive lane only, with the exception of Little Rocky Run Circle, Sunset Ridge Road, Sequoia Lea Drive and Braddock Creek Road. No parking spaces will be plowed on town home courts.
Recreation center parking lots.
Areas of Responsibility for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
703-383-8368 or 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
For current road conditions in Fairfax county and surrounding areas, please click here – 511 Virginia.
Motorists can call VDOT’s new Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) if they witness unsafe road conditions or if they have questions about VDOT activities. Please contact 511 for traffic and road conditions.
Little Rocky Run is not permitted by the State of Virginia to operate snow plows on VDOT maintained roadways. VDOT will impose a fine on the HOA for plowing on these streets or roadways as an unauthorized contractor.
How Residents Can Help
Residents can help expedite the snow-removal process by staying home if possible during severe weather. Residents should remove their cars from the roadway when they can. This will help crews clear the snow from area roads as efficiently as possible. Last winter, as road conditions deteriorated throughout the winter storms, crashes and abandoned or disabled vehicles became significant impediment to clearing the roads of snow and ice.
Single Family Homes:
Mailboxes – clear a path for the mail carrier. Single Family Homeowners are reminded to clear the full approach and exit to private mailboxes. Due to safety factors, mail carriers ARE NOT PERMITTED to back up or exit their vehicles at the mailbox. If the mailbox area is not properly cleared, mail cannot be delivered safely. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated. If you have any questions, contact your post office: 703-830-7690
Parking spaces – the Association does not clear individual parking spaces.
Sidewalks – Neither VDOT, the county nor LRR HOA clears snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails).
*Residents are asked to help keep sidewalks safe, when possible, by clearing snow off the sidewalks in front of their property so that all pedestrians, especially school children, those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk securely.
VDOT maintained streets within Little Rocky Run
The following streets in Little Rocky Run are maintained by VDOT.
The streets are listed here in alphabetical order. ** indicates a street located in a town home area of the neighborhood.
Battle Rock Drive Battlewood Court Bluestone Court Bluestone Place Bluffdale Court Braddock Creek Road** Bridgeland Lane Clear Springs Court Clear Springs Lane Deepwood Farms Drive Foggy Hills Court Foggy Hills Way Forest Run Drive Laurel Rock Drive Laurel Run Court Little Rocky Run Circle** Maple Run Court Marblestone Court Marblestone Drive Melstone Court Melstone Drive Moss Glen Court Moss Glen Road Mountain Springs Court Mountain Springs Lane Noble Rock Court Noble Rock Drive Noble Rock Lane Oak Stone Court Otter Run Court Otter Run Road Rock Brook Court Rock Brook Drive Rock Crystal Drive Rock Fall Court Rock Flint Court Rock Hollow Lane Rock Lawn Drive Rock Still Court Rockland Court Rockland Drive Sandstone Court Sandstone Way Sequoia Lea Drive** Shalestone Court Shalestone Drive South Springs Circle South Springs Court South Springs Drive Spring Pond Road Springhouse Circle Springhouse Court Springstone Court Springstone Drive Springstone Place Stone Shadow Court Stonebrook Court Stonebrook Drive Stonedale Court Stonedale Lane Stonefield Drive Stonefield Lane Stonehaven Court Stonehunt Court Stonehunt Place Stonehunt Way Sunset Ridge Road** Union Springs Court Union Springs Lane Union Village Circle Union Village Court Union Village Drive Warm Spring Court Whetstone Manor Court White Stone Court Wilder Court Woodland Run Court Woodland Run Drive
Little Rocky Run has many miles of asphalt trails throughout the community. Unfortunately, the cost to remove snow from these trails is prohibitive, therefore, the Association will not remove snow from asphalt trails.
What is a Pipestem?
The single-family neighborhoods of Little Rocky Run have numerous private driveways which are called Pipestems.
Pipestems are not found in all neighborhoods and some residents who live near a Pipestem may not be aware of what a private driveway or a Pipestem really is and what guidelines govern them. These driveways are private property and are collectively owned by the homeowners who share these driveways. The residents themselves are responsible for the upkeep of the Pipestem including paving and snow removal, just as other homeowners are responsible for their individual driveways. The Pipestems are not to be parked on either by the Pipestem owners or any other residents in the neighborhood except for delivery and/or emergency vehicles.
Pipestems are to be used exclusively for the purpose of ingress and egress to the affected homeowners properties. All of the residents who live on Pipestems ask that other residents respect their private property and refrain from parking and using the Pipestem as a public roadway and walkway.
How To Get Snowplowing for the Pipestem
Homeowners with homes located on common driveways called “Pipestems” are responsible for the removal of snow and ice on those Pipestems.
Every home on the common driveway must agree to all costs associated with hiring a service to remove snow and ice. The HOA is not responsible for ANY common driveway snowplowing agreement. Any such contract is strictly between the homeowners and the contractor of their choice. Homeowners who reside on common driveway who wish to sign up for contracted snow removal services should do the following:
- First, obtain copies of a Common Driveway Snowplowing Agreement from the contractor you wish to hire.
- Distribute agreements to each home on the Pipestem
- Collect the signed agreement and a check from each home to cover the cost of the contract. Checks should be made out to the contractor not the HOA.
Plowing services typically include breaking a navigable pathway down each common driveway, but does not usually include plowing each individual driveway. If your contractor of choice offers driveway plowing separately each homeowner should be made aware of any additional costs.
VDOT has a variety of information sources for road condition updates. The 511 traveler-information service gives drivers the most up-to-date data available about weather, construction and accidents that may affect travel. Updates can be received by calling 511 from any landline or wireless phone or by going online to 511 Virginia to view traffic cameras, the road condition map and the road condition table-report. Individuals can sign up for e-mail alerts that include weather and incident reporting on the 511 Web site.
For overall winter weather information, VDOT’s Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT’s winter preparedness at VDOT Snow Travel.
Drivers can also view videos detailing how VDOT prepares for winter weather and address snow and ice on You Tube. Snow videos are posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/vdotweb#grid/user/84A0942814F2FECC
For more information about Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies, visit ready virginia. The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the “Ready Virginia” resource to provide residents and visitors with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.
- Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511 Virginia.
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
- Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Motorists waiting in traffic should:
- Stay in their cars.
- Conserve their fuel by not running the engine continuously.
- VDOT recommends running the car engine for heat for 10 minutes and then turning off the engine for 20 minutes. Make sure snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Understand that it will take time for emergency crews to reach you.
- Motorists should only call #77 and 911 for emergencies. Road condition information is available by calling 511 or by visiting 511 Virginia.
* To report road conditions or to ask a question about VDOT activities, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).