Snow Removal

Ideas to improve snow removal.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CERT

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

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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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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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