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VDOT should better supervise its snow removal contractors

Regarding the Oak Street corridor issues: we beleive VDOT used contractors (in part) for snow removal. This is understandable, esp. when snow volumes are extreme. However, VDOT needs to be more aware of and more closely supervise contractor performance. We believe rutting and single lane conditions were allowed to 'fester' along Oak for 8-10 days because VDOT didn't check up on contracor work. Also, contracors may not ...more »

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Alternate Plows

The county should consider an alternate plan for plows. The City of Chicago attaches plows to their trash trucks. That may provide a considerably less expensive method of providing service to the side streets during larger snow events. Trash trucks hit every street at least once a week.

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Snow Removal in Fairfax

As a 23 year resident of Fairfax I know VDOT will not get Wynford Dr plowed, regardless of the amount of snow. The system is grossly underequipped in both capability and management skills. The mission should be with counties, and county neighborhoods should be authorized to contract privately for removal through their associations, with appropriate tax credits. The system is broken, because it's too centralized, and totally ...more »

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VDOT provide civic assoc. with contractor info before and after

VDOT: Establish a web site by magisterial district AND neighborhood association to identify the following before each WINTER: Who are the neighborhood's snow removal firms/independent contractors What are their customer feedback phone numbers to those providers Mandate in their contracts that VDOT has concurrent access to the information and followup with monitoring During A snow event Communicate to EACH Civic/neighborhood ...more »

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improve customer access to VDOT during an emergency

VDOT's phone line to call for help was a recording. It was extremely frustrating to hear basically a lecture (directed specifically to northern virginia residents!) to quit complainin', we are doing the best we can. To add insult to injury, the recording added a very ironic statement about how long it was taking to get plows and heavy equipment up from Hampton Roads to northern Virginia. I laugh out loud to think why ...more »

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bus routes

know and clear the Metro and Ride-On bus routes. Bowling Green Drive between Cottage St. and Cedar Lane serves the 2T Metro bus, both going uphill and downhill. Yet it was not touched until a week after the heavy snow. A week later, a Metrobus got stuck going uphill for four hours in front of our house, further blocking the road. Which brings up another idea--bus officials should temporarily reroute their buses when necessary! ...more »

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Seek advice from places that know how to clear

During the December storm we were in Maryland visiting relatives. We drove home that Sunday and found the Maryland roads well cleared, road shoulder to road shoulder. When we crossed into Virginia on Rt. 15 it was as if we entered a different world. It seemed almost as if the Virginia roads had not been cleared at all. We followed a plow, slowly, that appeared to be doing nothing - plow blade was up and it was not spreading ...more »

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Contingencies for Commuter Buses

I have a feeling this was already considered by Fairfax Connector et al., but I'm wondering if it might be feasible to have bus contingencies for when Metrorail service is interrupted. The Friday after the blizzards was a good example of What Life Would Be Like Without Public Transit in west county at least. The Orange Line was only going to Ballston so all the feeder buses didn't run even though major roads, such as ...more »

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Clearing Snow

Don't have the big trucks plow the main roads 20 times, moving the snow over 6 inches or driving around the main roads with their plows up. Get them into the neighborhoods as soon as possible.

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Plow smarter

1. One pass on a residential street is not enough. We need 2 lanes, or at least frequent turnouts to enable cars to pass each other. 2. Reemphasize parking on only one side of street, even or odd, based on the year. e.g., park on even side in year 2010. Plow to curb on nonparking side. 3. This year is an anomaly - two huge storms a few days apart. Have a separate policy/strategy for disaster events, another for more ...more »

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Supervisors' Role

I greatly appreciate the role FFX Cty Supervisors offices played in relaying reports to VDOT. But, by the natural process -- supervisor reports probably got higher priority than "citizen" reports...without any validation except the calls/emails went to supervisors instead of directly to VDOT. Also, this with the Supervisors offices closed for the Presidents' day Weekend, this method of reporting was stopped dead in its ...more »

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Snow Emergency Routes

Investigate new designation of snow emergency routes. Little Rocky Run Circle, Sunset Ridge Road and Braddock Creek Road became virtually impassable due to the limited room for plows to work. Alternatively, make these, single-side parking in snow emergencies.

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