Help Remove Dirt and Sod from the Roads

March 19, 2010
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  • Residents can help remove dirt and sod left on the roads by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snowplows.
  • Sheriff’s Community Labor Force helping with effort countywide.

Fairfax County officials are encouraging residents to help remove dirt and sod left on the roads by snowplows. Residents and business owners also are asked to replace any missing grass on their properties.

The county already is taking action on this issue with help from the Sheriff’s Office Community Labor Force (CLF). During the next few weeks, these crews will clean up dirt and sod from the roads as they perform landscaping at bus stops and parking lots across the county.

Because this problem is so widespread, VDOT won’t be able to clean up every one of the 17,000 miles of roads that they’re responsible for in Northern Virginia,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “This is why we’re asking for help from the community and the county is stepping in to assist too.

In many cases, the sod can be transplanted back on the sides of the roads.

The Sheriff’s Community Labor Force provides an innovative approach to incarceration and work release. The CLF partners with other county agencies to provide light landscaping services on county-owned property, saving taxpayer dollars. Labor crews, consisting of well-screened offenders, provide necessary services to the county that include graffiti removal, blight abatement, countywide litter pickup, bus stop maintenance, and overall beautification.

The CLF program participants can engage in meaningful work and develop employable skills. They also may earn “Exemplary Good Time” for their efforts, thereby reducing incarceration periods and the cost of incarceration to taxpayers.


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