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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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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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Train VDOT Call takers

The VDOT call takes have no clue, to put it simply. To call and say the roads are undriveable and ice 10 times, and all the neighbors. To finally they said, you said the wrong thing, you need something put down, not the contractors to come back and plow solid ice. A duh. What a waste of taxpayer dollars. Lay down salt/sand. Just not plow. If you did this, then we would have had school at least 2 of those days they ...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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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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Phone Bank

Have someone answer the emergency information hotline, not have it go to messages and no one get back to people. Have the PIOs office forward the phone to their house, if need be, if they cant get to the office. Technology can do this, directly from the phone company.

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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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