The walkway system in Fairfax County consists of sidewalks, trails and pedestrian bridges, along with their associated steps, handrails, handicapped ramps or signs.
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.
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.