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 curb to curb.
VDOT and Fairfax County should develop a list of prioritized non-motorized facilities that should be cleared of snow for use by these other modes. In some cases parents and other volunteers cleared sidewalks leading to schools, only to have VDOT dump snow shortly afterward; this is not acceptable.