Snow Removal and Road Conditions
VDOT Road Conditions
VDOT Road Snow Removal
The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for plowing the public roads including interstate, primary, secondary and residential roads in Fairfax County. Clearing is done on a priority basis, with interstates and high volume roads cleared first.
Call VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) (TTY 711) 24 hours a day to:
- Report all unsafe and hazardous road conditions
- Report work requests for state-maintained roads
- Other VDOT questions
Fairfax County Road Snow Removal
Fairfax County does not clear public roads of snow unless there is a blue sign that reads, “Fairfax County Maintained Here to XXX feet.” If VDOT or the county are not responsible, it is the homeowner’s association or the developer’s/ builder’s responsibility to clear roads in neighborhoods.
Sidewalk, Fire Hydrant and Stormdrain Snow Removal
The state and the county do not clear snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe. They should, as soon as feasible, clear snow off the sidewalks in front of their property so that all pedestrians, especially school children, those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk securely. Homeowner associations may require members of their communities to clear walkways abutting their property. Please contact your association or property manager for further information.
Clear snow away from fire hydrants in your neighborhood. Ask neighbors to adopt a fire hydrant and clear snow and ice away from all hydrants so that they are easily visible in the event of a fire. Residents also are reminded that parking is prohibited within 15 feet of a fire hydrant located along the curb line or edge of any public or private roadway. No special curb marking is required for enforcement.
Keep the openings of storm drains clear of snow and debris to help alleviate potential flooding and to protect the environment. Simple steps include:
Remove snow and debris, such as leaves, grass clippings and
trash from the outside openings of storm drains.
Avoid piling snow in front of a storm drain.
Avoid blowing leaves and cut grass into the street, which may
travel to a storm drain in rain and melted snow.
- Be sure to read labels to avoid overuse and misuse of fertilizer; properly maintain cars to prevent oil leaks; and pick up pet waste and dispose of it in a trash can. These pollutants may be collected by rain and melted snow and travel to storm drains, which lead to streams, or in some cases, first to a stormwater management facility and then a stream.
If a storm drain opening is blocked, residents can remove the debris from the outside opening. At no time, however, should a resident attempt to enter a storm drain to remove debris.
To report a blocked storm drain, call Fairfax County Stormwater Management, 703-877-2800, TTY 711, or the Virginia Department of Transportation at 703-383-8368, TTY 711.
Property owners, however, are responsible for driveway culverts and bridges that are part of the driveway structure and are not public storm drainage system structures. Storm drains outside rights-of-way and easements are privately maintained by the property owner.
Residents and businesses should make sure that all parking spots identified as accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities are cleared of snow and ice.