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Finding/knowing where the road is, use markers or learn the road

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 »

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Rats! A snow emergency is a sanitary emergency

I can report from this condominium garden apartment complex that the two steel trash/garbage bins near here were overflowing with bags of trash, garbage, discarded construction debris, and consumer items. At the time I predicted that rats would burrow into the garbage and that one rat gestation period later, we'd have baby rats in a flood. It hasn't happened yet. However, my suggestion is as applicable to the Christmas ...more »

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Snow Pile Guidance for Snow Removal Equipment Operators

Snow removal from streets and intersections requires use of available street parking for snow pile placement. All snow piles should obey vehicle parking rules. Snow piles are to be emplaced only in locations where legal street parking is also allowed in fair weather. All legal requirements for parking on sidewalks or in intersections, crosswalks, and next to hydrants must be obeyed. Snow pile heights no taller than ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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VDOT vs. Contractor Snow Plowing

Contractor trucks being used to "clear" neighborhood streets are often not up to the task in heavy snow. Many can't open deeply covered side streets and frequently drop all their salt in one place. VDOT formerly (20 years ago) plowed streets with heavy trucks -- it should provide this service again or contract with providers having equivalent equipment.

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Institute fines for non essential drivers and illegal parking

Many people on the road during the storm did not need to be there and simply hampered clean up efforts. Also, many people parked illegally so that plows could not get through residential streets. In a snow event/emergency there should be significant fines for people who cannot excercise common sense.

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