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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
Once the snow accumulates, the plow drivers don't seen to know or be able to identify where the road is. The county should mark the edges of streets with tall poles so that plow operators know where the edge of the street it. It was immediately apparent from what I saw that most of them had no idea where the edge (or center) of the road was. Stone Heather near the Franklin Farm shopping center is usually plowed in more ...more »
We waited about a week to see any VDOT equipment at all. When they finally arrived, they did a *very* thorough job. But I would have sacrificed this thoroughness if they had been able to come sooner and just make sure the road was at least passable, rather than plowed two cars wide down to pavement.
VDOT should let people report streets that need plowing by sending a picture from their smart phone, like an iPhone. There are applications that do this, such as SeeFixClick for the iPhone. Governments across the country already allow the public to report graffiti or potholes by sending a photo from their phone. Why not snow plowing?
Review the roads that should be plowed and make sure that the roads actually get cleared. Not just the school bus routes.