Chairman Bulova's Statement on Snow Removal
Feb. 11, 2010
Statement from Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova:
During the past week my office has received many calls and e-mails from county residents concerned about snow removal.
While all roads in Fairfax County are owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), county staff, and I personally, have been working to make sure we receive sufficient attention and resources to respond to this unprecedented series of snow events.
Early this morning I participated in a conference call with VDOT and our county emergency management personnel. I also spoke at length with the Secretary of Transportation.
As a result of these conversations we have been assured that VDOT is making neighborhood streets that were not plowed after the weekend storm a major priority today. Additionally, VDOT crews and equipment from other parts of the Commonwealth are being deployed to this area to augment local VDOT resources.
Although the county is closed today (Feb. 11), members of our staff and I are taking messages off of voice mail (703-324-2321) and those sent to the Chairman's e-mail address.
My office is regularly sending information regarding emergency situations and conditions, along with streets and neighborhoods that remain unplowed, to VDOT. They are using these lists (and lists from other county supervisors) to prioritize snow plowing efforts in residential areas. Hopefully, we will see progress by today's end.
Fairfax County has limited snow removal capability. Our capacity to clear snow from county facilities such as police and fire stations, commuter lots, schools, parks and libraries also has been tested during these snowstorms. We, like VDOT, are working around the clock to get things opened up.
In the meantime, stay off the streets as much as you can so that snow plowing can continue as efficiently as possible during these difficult conditions. Please be safe, be patient and look out for your neighbors.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711