Snow Storm Information

The forecasters are predicting a large snow fall this weekend, possibly as big as the storm we had in December. It must be bad because Governor McDonnell has already called for a state of emergency.

I want to remind you that VDOT simply does not have enough equipment for immediate action in all areas in this kind of storm. To purchase enough equipment for a storm of this magnitude would not be financially prudent. Storms like these are rare, so if we had enough equipment to knock all of the plowing out in two days, all the equipment would sit idle for 99% of the time, thus wasting your state tax dollars. Instead, the approach is to hire private contractors on an as needed basis. We learned a lot from December’s storm. Some contractors are great and some are not.

Last time, after giving VDOT 48 hours to get to the residential streets, neighbors called our office to let us know if they were not plowed. We then informed VDOT of the streets that needed to be plowed. This system worked fairly well and I propose we do this again.

After the storm was over, my office did an analysis and asked VDOT to institute an accountability system for their independent contractors. (Personally, I think some of the contractors just didn’t show up.) As a result, VDOT has implemented a new system of accountability for future snow storms.

It takes VDOT 24 hours to plow the primary streets (highways, main roads) and it takes another 24-48 hours for the secondary and residential streets to be plowed. I ask that you wait 48 hours from the time the snow ends to contact me if your road has not received at least one pass through by a plow. I will then contact VDOT and inform them of the situation. If you or a neighbor has a medical problem which mandates a visit to a doctor or hospital, contact me immediately.

You can contact me at Deldalbo@house.virginia.gov or leave a message on my legislative line at (703) 451-3555. We will check it 3 times a day.

Also, for your information, on my web site, you can link to VDOT’s road conditions web site:

http://www.davealbo.com/Delegate_Dave_Albo%3A_VA_House_of_Delegates_-_One_of_Us_Working_for_Us/Northern_Virginia_Transportation.html

Kind Regards,

Dave Albo

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8 responses to “Snow Storm Information

  1. OBVIOUSLY JANSEN DRIVE has a lousy VDOT contractor!

    FYI- Jansen Drive between Harwood & Greely.

    Neighbors at the other end (closest to Greely) tell us that the guy w/ the truck
    (VDOT contract to plow) got stuck on Fri. & never even attempted to get to the
    Harwood end of Jansen.

    [Same thing happened- guy getting stuck- w/ the last storm (less snow) & he even left a wedge of snow blocking
    Jansen Dr. (cars were turning around and coming back our way)! Again this was the prior storm.]

    About midnight Friday- as storm was underway-someone in our neighborhood–had
    to go to the hospital– so an emergency plow came through to make way for
    the ambulance. Unfortunately the worst snow came Fri. into Sat..

    We never ever saw the VDOT plow guy ever again (probably making money elsewhere).

    Sat. Am a guy in a Jeep Cherokee kept driving by packing a lane into the deep snow.
    Only 4 wheel drive could get through.

    Yesterday, Sunday about 3pm, a group of guys w/ a large caterpillar tractor (front-loader)
    drove through the neighborhood charging $50 bucks to clear just driveways.

    Fortunately, being a heavy piece of equipment, it compressed the snow into wide tracks & it’s middle
    body flattened out the high middle stack of snow.

    So, we have yet to see VDOT at all. We never had pre-road treatment or salt or sand.
    And we can drive SUV’s out (mostly AM & PM- when ice & snow is crunchy for traction).

    As most neighbors have dug their driveways out into the road, the piles (now ice)
    are 4-6 feet high. If VDOT had only made two passes on Sat. we would not be where we are.

    Are we sure this part of Jansen exists w/ the State. Remember that problem way back when….
    our streets were not included in any of the contracts? Also, when are we ever going to get
    paved? Like a real paving job, tear up the old & put fresh down?

    Almost 6pm Monday- do not see anyone from VDOT yet!

    And now Doug Hill says 10 – 15 inches of new snow!!!
    VDOT will need front loaders to clear Jansen Drive if we even get 10 more inches!

  2. Dave, Please vote YES on HB 112. I know it was defeated yesterday but it can be brought up again. A Personhood Bill is needed. I am a loyal supporter of yours. Please vote YES on HB 112.

  3. decriminalize of marijuana pass it

  4. Thank you very much for this article. It very interesting.

  5. norbert spangler

    Was the $3500 speeding ticket law repealed?

  6. The law you are talking about was repealed in 2008. ( It was not for just the average person who speeds, but for those who abuse the law and have multiple DUIs, reckless speeding tickets, ect.) Since I work for my constituents and listened to the rest of the citizens of Virginia, as soon as it was possible, I put in a bill to repeal it.

    The actual code section can be found here:
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+46.2-206.1

    Thanks for asking so I could set the record straight!

  7. Mr Albo, Please tell me this article I received is not accurate. QUOTE:
    NEW VIRGINIA SPEEDING FINES EFFECTIVE 1 JULY–

    Virginia motorists convicted of minor traffic violations will facea
    new,
    multi-year tax beginning July 1. Led by state Delegate David B.Albo
    (R-Springfield), lawmakers slipped a driver responsibility taxinto a
    larger
    transportation funding bill signed by Governor Tim Kaine(D) in April.
    Albo,
    a senior partner in the Albo & Oblon, LLPtraffic law firm, can expect to
    see
    a significant increase in businessas motorists seek to protect their
    wallet
    from traffic tickets thatcome with assessments of up to $3000 in addition
    to
    an annual point taxthat tops out at $700 a year for as long as the points

    remain. Drivingas little as 15 MPH over the limit on an interstate
    highway
    now bringssix license demerit points, a fine of up to $2500, up to one
    year
    injail, and a new mandatory $1050 tax. The law also imposes an
    additionalannual fee of up to $100 if a prior conviction leaves the
    motorist
    witha balance of eight demerit points, plus $75 for each additional
    point(up
    to $700 a year). The conviction in this example remains on therecord for
    five years. Other six-point convictions include “failing togive a proper
    signal,” “passing a school bus” or “driving with anobstructed view.” The
    same $1050 assessment applies, but the convictionremains on the record
    for
    eleven years. Although the amount of the taxcan add up quickly, the law
    forbids judges from reducing or suspendingit in any way. The tax applies
    only to Virginia residents.UNQUOTE

    • Hi Louis. No, this is not true. I am working on a new blog update as we speak to address this issue. Let me know if you have any questions after you read it. Thanks, Dave

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