Snow Removal

Ideas to improve snow removal.

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Invest in a few sidewalk plows

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.

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Learn To Stay Inside

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!!!

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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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Volunteer Day

Each government worker in Fairfax has a free volunteer day. Make that day a day they shovel the sidewalks going to school bus stops. And make sure their volunteer day during the week is not used to work on the weekend, and get paid overtime.

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How about investing in a melter or put one on call?

One of the big problems of the past two storms was where to put all of the snow? As mentioned by other posters here, VDOT plowed snow into turn lanes or at intersections into piles so high that it made it impossible to see without having to move your car into the road to see if anyone was coming. How about investing in a melter or getting a short-term contract with one in the event another big storm hits? Baltimore County ...more »

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Park on one side of the street

Encourage (force?) drivers to park on only one side of the street during snowfalls if they have to park on the street (driveway parking is still preferable). It would help the snow plow operators miss the cars, would give them one side to pile snow, and should speed up the plowing.

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Neighboring States

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.

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Increase the # of plows with the current budget

Get plows that can be put on the current trash/recycle trucks. The trucks are strong/heavy/manuverable enough to handle plowing. Saves on parking & storage, plus would be cheaper than buying trucks. And the drivers already know the neighborhood streets. Get them trained, and they can clear the neighborhoods. I've seen it done in other states. It's a feasable way of increasing our "plowing power", and we could use as ...more »

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Review the Plan

Review the roads that should be plowed and make sure that the roads actually get cleared. Not just the school bus routes.

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"good enough" service instead of waiting a week for "perfection"

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.

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Report Streets that Need Plowing Via Photo from Cell Phone

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?

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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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