Jeff from Herndon
What plans are in place to clear sidewalks on major thoroughfares and bus stops if a major snowfall occurs? Last February, walkers and bus riders had to walk down Herndon Parkway to get to Elden Street for at least 2 weeks, and the stop at Reston North (which will have significantly more traffic now that Reston East is closing) wasn't cleared for days, forcing riders to stand within 2-3 feet of cars traveling 40+ mph.
Great question and I know is a hot topic for many. Neither the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) nor Fairfax County clears snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe. With regards to the Town of Herndon which is the location you mentioned in your question. I spoke with their Superintendent of Public Works and he indicated that in their Town, they do clear some of their sidewalks, however, mainly those going to the schools. They do also plow around bus stops if applicable. If you would like to call him for further clarification for the Town of Herndon, Sonny Lynch at 703-435-6860.