Sidewalks in the public street right-of-way (i.e., alongside public roads) generally are maintained either by the Virginia Department of Transportation (1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711) or the county Maintenance & Stormwater Management Division (703-877-2800, TTY 711). All public sidewalks constructed prior to 1981 are maintained by the state. Sidewalks along private roads, as in many homeowner/civic associations or commercial properties, are property owner responsibility.
Maintenance of trails (generally asphalt, stone dust, wood chip or natural surface) and pedestrian bridges may fall under different authorities such as the state, the county, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Park Authority, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, homeowner/civic associations or private property owners.
Note: All vehicular bridges in public roadways are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
For assistance determining maintenance responsibility for a sidewalk, trail or pedestrian bridge, please use the online Walkway Maintenance Request Form or call the Maintenance & Stormwater Management Division at 703-877-2800, TTY 711.
Neither the Virginia Department of Transportation nor the county clears snow and ice from public walkways. In addition, neither the state nor the county has any legal requirement for property owners to clear public walkways. However, while not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep walkways safe for the community. When possible they are asked to clear snow off the sidewalks in front of or next to their property so that pedestrians, especially school children, those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk more safely.
Homeowner/civic associations may require members of their communities to clear walkways adjoining homeowner property. Please contact your association or property manager for further information.
Requesting a New Trail or Sidewalk:
For information about requesting new walkways, please contact the Department of Transportation Pedestrian Program, 703-877-5600, TTY 711.