FAQs: Streets, Sidewalks and Trails
The Virginia Department of Transportation (1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711 ) maintains the thousands of miles of public streets in the county (interstate, primary, secondary, and residential). Maintenance includes potholes; traffic signals and signs; trees/branches; roadside ditches, curbs and gutters; and snow removal. A few miles of public roadway are maintained by the county under the Fairfax County Road Maintenance and Improvement Program. For information on that program, please call the Planning and Design Division at 703-324-5800, TTY 711. There are also many private streets maintained by businesses, apartment/condominium complexes, homeowner associations or residents.
Most sidewalks in the right-of-way along public
streets are maintained by the state or the county. Sidewalks along
private roads are property owner or homeowner association responsibility.
Trails (asphalt, stone dust, wood chip, or natural surface) fall under
many different authorities including the state, the county, Fairfax
County Public Schools, Fairfax County Park Authority, Northern Virginia
Regional Park Authority and homeowner associations. For maintenance
of a state-maintained sidewalk, please contact the
Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD
(367-7623), TTY 711; for maintenance of a county sidewalk or trail,
please use the Walkway
Maintenance Request Form. For further information, please see the walkways information
For assistance in determining maintenance responsibility for a street, sidewalk or trail, please contact the Maintenance & Stormwater Management Division at 703-877-2800, TTY 711.
For information about requesting new walkways please contact the Department of Transportation Pedestrian Program, 703-877-5600, TTY 711.
Traffic signals and traffic
directional signs (stop, yield, speed limit, etc.) are maintained by
Department of Transportation (1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY
711). They also issue permits for signs in state right-of-way. The county Sign Shop
(703-877-2800, TTY 711) maintains public street name signs,
but pipestem driveway
signs are the responsibility of the property owner(s) on the