I wanted to share with you an update from our VDOT
representative this afternoon. Please continue to share and inform us of your
I would like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your patience, support and understanding
during this historical snowfall event in our area. I realize you are also
inundated with inquiries from residents as to subdivision streets. Please
know that we will continue working diligently to ensure that every cul-de-sac
is made passable.
Let me assure you that
we are giving roads that VDOT or its contractors were
unable to reach during the initial storm last week
our top priority. We have made that clear in VDOT news releases as well
as media interviews over the past couple of days. The following quote
appeared on the front page of yesterday’s Washington Post: “We
will give those roads first attention when this storm is over,” said Joan
Morris of the Virginia Department of Transportation . As it turned
out, our crews and contractors were able to continue working in subdivisions
throughout yesterday’s blizzard.
As you are aware, we’ve
brought crews and additional heavy equipment from other parts of the state such
as larger trucks and front loaders to make roads passable that have not yet
received plowing services. This equipment is more suitable for plowing
subdivisions with this magnitude of snow. In addition, once subdivisions
are completed in other counties we will re-locate those resources as well.
Below is information as
to what residents can expect:
Plows will make one or
two trips to provide a path through neighborhood streets, but they will not
clear to bare pavement, nor from curb- to - curb.
Because chemicals are
not used in subdivisions, roads will remain snow packed and rutted after the
plow has passed. Crews will put sand on hills, curves and intersections as
needed to provide traction.
If planning to shovel
their driveways, residents should try to refrain from clearing the last few
feet at the curb until your street is plowed, as plows may push snow back into
driveways. It also helps to shovel to the right as you face the road.
VDOT does not remove
snow from sidewalks or trails.
VDOT plow drivers have
assigned routes that include each and every state-maintained road in northern
Call 911 if there is a
medical emergency and they need to leave their home.
Again, please let
constituents know that crews are diligently working to address all subdivision
streets as quickly as possible.
Renée N. Hamilton
Administrator, Arlington & Fairfax Counties