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Snow Removal

Require Sidewalk Shoveling

Consider requiring sidewalks be shoveled within 48 hours so school kids can get to school and pedestrians can walk safely. Other counties make it the law, so should Fairfax.

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Communications

Map with location of fire hydrants

The County gave smart advice to ask people to dig out fire hydrants - but unless they were flagged before the storms it was impossible to know where they were after they were buried in snow or plow drifts. Adding hydrant location data to Google maps or other public sources for citizens to find them would have helped (and this would be useful for homeowners insurance and general safety too - not just snowstorms)

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come up with "snow emergency" parking and ticketing rules

in my neighborhood, there were places where the snow plows could not clear due to cars parked on the street (for example, two cars parked on opposite side of the street across from one another). Although residents have been requested to park in driveways when snow is predicted, some did not care and we had problems for two weeks getting out of our street.

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Snow Removal

Clearing streets vs. clearing sidewalks

VDOT's use of heavy equipment to clear residential streets "curb to curb" may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but created a secondary problem -- mountains of snow that completely buried sidewalks. This created an extremely dangerous situation for pedestrians, especially school children, who were forced to walk in the street. Here are some suggestions to prevent this from happening in the future. 1) Instruct ...more »

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Snow Removal

Instruct snow plow drivers how to clear snow

Our neighborhood received a plow a week after the snow which provided one lane of traffic. A week later, two plows came into the neighborhood and cleared curb-to-curb. In doing so, they dumped snow on the yards as mentioned in another idea; however, to get to the yard, they drove up over the curb, left huge holes in the yard from driving over it to get to the dumping ground and in some cases even tore up the sod. We ...more »

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Snow Removal

Plowing Side Streets Closed

Snow plow operators should be instructed NOT to plow in side streets. When getting to a side street, they can turn into the side street and place the additional snow against the curb, OR, once they plow a lane in each direction of the main street, they should be instructed to come back and remove the snow and ice they placed in the intersections of side streets, thus opening up the side street to four wheel drive and ...more »

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Snow Removal

Plan with the assumption that all roads need to be clear

VDOT's order of priority, which you can hear about once an hour on WTOP during a big storm, is to keep main arteries clear, then to move to important road, then secondary roads, then down to the neighborhoods. This is a lousy plan, especially when, as has been true for nearly every significant storm I've experienced in the last 20 years, VDOT more or less insists on plowing the main roads down to clean pavement before ...more »

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Snow Removal

VDOT PLOW Trucks should travel with plow blades down

I followed a VDOT dump truck for miles down Rte 236 two days after the storm and it never once lowered the plow blade to clear all the snow, slush and ice it was driving over, and sometimes swerving around. The plow drivers should be instructed to not waste their travel time to another site when they could be plowing and helping to clear the roads along the way.

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Communications

Better use of Blackboard.com for FCPS students

While some teachers used Blackboard.com to help their students keep up with homework and assignments, its use was inconsistent. Parents should be told at Open House that EVERY time there is a snow day, they should be sure to have their students check Blackboard.com for assignments. It not only keeps academics up to schedule so that classes do not fall behind before SOLs, but it also keeps kids' busy while they are home ...more »

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Snow Removal

Snow clearing needs to be continous, not wait till end of snow

VDOT failed to keep pace with Feb snow storm due to perhaps improper planning and supervision. They virtually did not clear snow during main snow fall and started clearing when it was already too much on the roads. VDOT has about 17000 lane miles of roads and about 1800 Vehicles. This means every vehicle gets 10 lane miles to clear. If it drives at 10-15 miles speed, every inch of road could be cleared once every hour. ...more »

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Other

Be reasonable about what policies you adopt

As evidenced by the number of ideas posted so far, a good many residents have opinions about what could have been done and what could have been done better. But keep in mind: This year is/was an anomaly. If any of us lives in Fairfax County for the next 60 years, we might never see another storm like the two we had this winter. One could argue it's doubtful we'll ever see such storms again in this region. There ...more »

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Snow Removal

Push Snow into Median Strips

While plowing Columbia Pike during this past snow storm, one snow plow closed in Aqua Terrace (a side street) with a short wall of snow and ice. When a street has a median strip, such as we have in front of my house on Lakeview Drive, the snow plow driver should push the snow into the median strip. During this past snow storm, some of the drivers did that, others pushed the snow into our newly shovelled driveways ...more »

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Snow Removal

Treat all transportation modes with respect

While VDOT does not have a snow removal policy for trails and sidewalks, dumping excessive amounts of snow and debris on sidewalks and trails, especially at intersections, shows a basic lack of respect for other modes of transportation. These large piles of snow and debris will take many more days to melt. VDOT should instruct plow drivers to avoid dumping snow at intersections and onto sidewalks and trails when clearing ...more »

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Snow Removal

Vehicle Snow Removal: Law requiring snow removal from car/truck

A simple solution for the complaint heard constantly throughout the storms and for at least the following week about the many vehicles (both cars and trucks) whose drivers had not completely removed the snow from their vehicle roof, creating hazards for other drivers when it blew or fell off: Make it a LAW requiring complete snow removal from the vehicle roof, or face a heavy (several hundred $$$) fine. A relative in ...more »

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Other

Train VDOT Call takers

The VDOT call takes have no clue, to put it simply. To call and say the roads are undriveable and ice 10 times, and all the neighbors. To finally they said, you said the wrong thing, you need something put down, not the contractors to come back and plow solid ice. A duh. What a waste of taxpayer dollars. Lay down salt/sand. Just not plow. If you did this, then we would have had school at least 2 of those days they ...more »

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Snow Removal

CERT

Have a Fairfax CERT in each HOA/community responsible to coordinate digging out fire hydrants and report road conditions.

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Snow Removal

Park and Ride

Dont plow the park and ride lots into parking spaces. People are illegally parking on snow piles. How many weeks ago was the big storm? We still dont have all the spots. So instead of ideas for the future. Fix it now. Also, when someone falls on the ice patches and sues the county, you will see it was cheaper to put something down on the ice.

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Communications

Phone Bank

Have someone answer the emergency information hotline, not have it go to messages and no one get back to people. Have the PIOs office forward the phone to their house, if need be, if they cant get to the office. Technology can do this, directly from the phone company.

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Snow Removal

Invest in a few sidewalk plows

Invest in a few sidewalk plows to help clear sidewalks, especially around schools and major pedestrian routes. Requiring residents to clear sidewalks in front of their homes is important, but it's also important to clear what sidewalks exist on busy routes not directly in front of privet homes.

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Snow Removal

Learn To Stay Inside

I think people should just quit their bitching with how the plows work... If it isn't safe to go outside then they should just stay inside... OR... LEARN TO DRIVE IN IT!!!

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Snow Removal

budgeting for snow removal

We've heard many times that this year's budget for snow removal was spent before February. But what happened the last few years, when there wasn't much snow? Wasn't there money left over? If you budget each year for the average annual snowfall, and are careful to preserve any extra money in low-snow years -- don't spend it on something else! -- then you should be prepared for the occasional big-snow year like this one. ...more »

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Snow Removal

Volunteer Day

Each government worker in Fairfax has a free volunteer day. Make that day a day they shovel the sidewalks going to school bus stops. And make sure their volunteer day during the week is not used to work on the weekend, and get paid overtime.

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Communications

Better Fairfax CEAN SMS alerts

Alerts sent to cell phones through the Fairfax CEAN system need to include all important information or a phone number to call for more info, NOT just a message to "see email for details". We were without power for 12 hours and do not have email access on my cell phone, so these alerts were completely useless.

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