Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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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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Campaign: Other

Repair costs?

Please discuss and inform residents how Fairfax county is going to pay for and the plan to complete repairs from the aftermath of these storms. For example all the damaged streets, curbs, downed trees and branches, signs, lightposts, etc.

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Snow Removal

Operators should plow snow to maximize traffic flow

Operators need to be aware of how their plowing may impact traffic flow. Example is heading south on Glen Carlin Drive crossing route 7 into Culmore. Only the left turn lane was cleared, with snow mound created in right lane at intersection. This allowed only the left turn arrow to trip for south bound traffic, and not the full green light causing mile long backup. Not much additional effort would have been needed ...more »

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Campaign: Other

Bring more jobs to Fairfax County so less people have to commute

The snow might be less paralyzing if more people could walk to work. When we consider the quality of life in Fairfax, one way is to get rid of traffic is to make better-paying work sites closer to more affordable homes.

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Snow Removal

Train Plow and Bulldozer drivers

1. overall training on how to plow streets without blocking storm drains and not damaging plants/trees.

2. not being facetious, I would also recommend requiring a vision test of supervisors and drivers.

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Better Web Information Services

1. have an online map that shows where the plows are.

2. post an online schedule of when plows are scheduled to be dispatched to various regions/streets

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Campaign: 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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