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 »
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 »
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 »
Have a Fairfax CERT in each HOA/community responsible to coordinate digging out fire hydrants and report road conditions.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
If we had lost large areas of electricity, we would have serious problem.
If the County decides to open shelters-in any weather- those shelters need to be advertised preferably before the storm. We have many elderly, handicapped, people dependent on electricity for health.
The local governemtns should have a discussion with neighboring state's departments of transportation, such as PENNDOT, PA's DOT, in how they effectively and continuously remove snow from their roads.