Fairfax Co. Chair Bulova: ‘I can see what people are frustrated with’

WASHINGTON — Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova says she’s well aware that many residential streets in the county remain unplowed on Tuesday morning, more than 48 hours after the snow stopped falling. And that she’s “constantly” in contact with the Virginia Department of Transportation to find out its progress.

The problem, she says, is simply the overwhelming amount of snow. Getting the roads clear is “a challenge,” she says, “and we have lots of them.”

VDOT announced Tuesday morning that its goal was for all subdivisions to have at least one passable lane by 6 a.m. Wednesday. Bulova reminded listeners they can follow the progress of the snowplows at vdotplows.org, but acknowledged that “what you can see is where the plows are right now; you can’t really tell from that site where the plows have been.”

Or where they’re headed, for that matter, which Bulova acknowledges can be frustrating when you’re “stuck behind a 30-inch wall of snow,” especially when you’re just off a main road that’s down to bare pavement.

“I can see what people are frustrated with.”

Bulova says that Fairfax County comprises 400 square miles, with “literally thousands” of small neighborhood streets.

“If we were a nice, neat, little tiny town or a tiny city, it would not be as challenging as it is.”

She says that people can contact her office, which is “responding to people and relaying information to VDOT constantly, and we’ll keep doing so.” She’s at 703-324-2321, or you can email Chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov.

“We’re not the ones who actually clear the streets … but we have contact information that is helping us to make sure that we get information directly into the hands of the VDOT folks.”

She adds that she’s seen people working together to dig out their own sidewalks and neighborhoods, and says, “They’re doing a super job.”

If you’re doing that, though, she says, it’s important to open up the storm drains.

“It’s important that the water has a place to go.”

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