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Assignment Editor: Snow stories that need your help

Many thanks for the outpouring of snow story ideas you've been pumping us all weekend. We have a few snow stories in the works that we'd love to get your help with:

--What’s clear? Has your street been plowed? Is your neighborhood or business’s parking lot clear? The Post is tracking the area’s roads and neighborhoods that have been plowed, and we need your help. Leave a comment below and let us know what you’re seeing. Please be as specific as possible.


--There are rumblings coming from some neighborhoods that there were more people looking for help digging out than there were people offering their post-Snowpocalypse services -- whether it was doing somebody's driveway for a set price or volunteering to clear an elderly neighbor's sidewalk. (Kids these days.) Did you encounter a shortage? Or was it blizzard business as usual? (Or was it business as usual, but at a higher-than-usual price? [We've heard isolated reports of price gouging--what kind of prices were you quoted or hearing about?]) Were you (or your kids) offering your digging services? I'd love to hear from you at dulacj@washpost.com.

--How do you think your state and local officials have handled this weekend's Snowmaggedon? Send your thoughts, photos and, if possible, a phone number where you can be reached to somashekhars@washpost.com.

By Marc Fisher  | February 8, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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Comments

Annapolis main roads are clear and wet in one lane each way over 75% of the time. most two lane roads are mostly 1 lane each way cleared and some have about 3 inches of solid ice pack with potholes and alot of running water. Side roads and community roads are either poorly plowed one carwidth with heavy ruts and ice pack or not cleared at all snow pack with deep ruts. The 50 is mostly clear with large patches of ice pack in one lane or both. compact cars are getting stuck frequently on side roads.

Edgewater, central ave from route 2 east is good but is only 1 lane each way. Most community roads are somewhat cleared one car width with ice and snow pack. Same as side roads in Annapolis.

overall slow driving.

Posted by: jason33 | February 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Here in Aspen Hill (Montgomery County) the main problem I'm seeing is that we have a LOT of homes that are empty due to foreclosures. Because no one seems to care about these homes, in addition to other homeowners who don't seem to want to help, we have a lot of homes with uncleared sidewalks.

I enjoy running and walking with my son and dog, but I'm afraid that we won't be able to do so until April because of the amount of snow in our way. My husband cleared the sidewalks of the vacant house next door, but we can only do so much. Especially with snow this heavy.

One good thing: our road was cleared by a front loader today! This was much better than the treatment it got last December.

Posted by: erinmalia | February 8, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

In and around the Fairland area of Silver Spring, there seems to be no discernible pattern for plowing and road clearing. The main streets such as Route 29 and Cherry Hill Road are dry, with bare pavement visible. The condition of secondary roads, however, varies enormously. Fairland Road from Briggs Chaney east to Rte.29 is pristine, while Briggs Chaney Road from Old Gunpowder to Fairland is snow-filled, rutted, and downright dangerous. Some neighborhood roads have not been touched, some have been cleared with machinery (with varying results), and some have been hand-shoveled by residents. I was stunned (and thrilled) to see a front-end loader on my street this morning, followed by a sand truck and a smaller plow to clean up the edges of the street. I guess I wasn't expecting this!

Which leads me to my main concern--why is it that Montgomery County seems to have such an unpredictable and seemingly random approach to determining which streets, beyond the essential major highways, are cleared and in what order? Or--assuming that there is plan, why can't that be shared with residents in a general way, perhaps by giving possible projections or days/times during which residents might expect road clearing?

Posted by: kimchay | February 8, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I can't figure out what they're doing here in Bethesda. This morning I left my house and drove down Pooks Hill Road, which was clear. However, Wisconsin Avenue, which is only a major road, was a joke. There was only one lane which was partially cleared, and most of the road had snow or ice on it.

Old Georgetown Road was okay, with actual pavement on most of it. And Beech Drive and Linden Lane were okay as well.

What the hell is going on when Wisconsin is in worse shape than some neighborhood roads?

Posted by: tonyw44 | February 9, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Hi. Your link above for "tracking the area's road conditions" is broken.
Here on the eastern side of Rockville, Norbeck Road is a mess. Parts are a single lane, still. In contrast, some neighborhood roads are completely clear (Hannans, Sunflower, parts of Bauer)

Posted by: ahorwich | February 9, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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