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A Fairfax County, VA, publication
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
Working for You!
Winter Storm Jona...
DPWES Director’s Office
Strengths of Snow Removal Efforts
• One County approach to snow response and
removal efforts (Coun...
DPWES Director’s Office
Lessons Learned from Snowmaggedon
• Informed decision making to close or delay County
government o...
DPWES Director’s Office
Challenges of Snow Removal Efforts
• Entire snow budget used
• New types of landscapes and
infrast...
DPWES Director’s Office
Challenges of Snow Removal Efforts
• Urban areas
– Where to push snow or haul?
– Dispersed respons...
DPWES Director’s Office
Local Jurisdiction Snow Removal Ordinance Comparison
6
Jurisdiction Snow
Ordinance?
Residential or...
DPWES Director’s Office
Local Jurisdiction Snow Removal Ordinance Comparison
7
Jurisdiction Walkways? How defined? Contrac...
DPWES Director’s Office
FCDOT – Fairfax County Assets
• Bus Stops – NO snow removal
– Fairfax Connector: 2,021 bus stops
–...
DPWES Director’s Office
Snow Removal Feedback from Tysons Partnership
• Strengths
– County snow removal response was effec...
DPWES Director’s Office
Next Steps
• Board has authority to enact snow
removal ordinance and can define
specific levels of...
Additional Information
For additional information, please contact
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes
DPWES Director’s Office
Jame...
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  1. 1. A Fairfax County, VA, publication Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Working for You! Winter Storm Jonas Response (County Facilities) Presentation to the Board of Supervisors March 1, 2016
  2. 2. DPWES Director’s Office Strengths of Snow Removal Efforts • One County approach to snow response and removal efforts (County Facilities) • County executive leadership engaged • County Snow Response Plan worked – prioritized facility clearing • Dedicated staff committed to the mission – Effective partnerships: OEM, FCPA, DVS, Sheriff’s Office (CLF), and contractors – DPWES teams came together and performed as a team; morale was good • Safety - 5 injuries (none serious) out of 250 employees working 12 hour (plus) shifts, Friday through Wednesday = 13,500 hours (6.5 SYE) • Snow equipment held up throughout event 2
  3. 3. DPWES Director’s Office Lessons Learned from Snowmaggedon • Informed decision making to close or delay County government operations • Improved safety – safety messaging and focus • Utilization of additional contract resources for large events • Enhanced technology – WebEOC, EDGR, etc. • Improved communication and coordination with Snow Removal Operations Center, EOC, and agency liaisons • Improved snow planning, preparation, training and communication • Improved team based approached – “One County” 3
  4. 4. DPWES Director’s Office Challenges of Snow Removal Efforts • Entire snow budget used • New types of landscapes and infrastructure requires modernization and enhancement of equipment • Difficult to take on additional snow removal sites with limited and aging resources • Levels of service continue to change after each significant snow event • Clearing of fire hydrants 4
  5. 5. DPWES Director’s Office Challenges of Snow Removal Efforts • Urban areas – Where to push snow or haul? – Dispersed responsibilities and lack of coordination (VDOT, County, property owners) - “snow windrow” each other in – Greater dependence on multimodal transportation – pedestrian facilities, transit – ADA accessibility – Street parking – Impacts of construction 5
  6. 6. DPWES Director’s Office Local Jurisdiction Snow Removal Ordinance Comparison 6 Jurisdiction Snow Ordinance? Residential or Commercial? Enforced? Is enforcement effective? City of Alexandria Yes Both Yes Notices are administered for non-compliance Arlington County Yes Both Code Enforcement Team Physically incapable residents are exempt City of Fairfax No Both are encouraged N/A Yes = small, No = large Fairfax County No Both are encouraged N/A N/A City of Falls Church Yes Both Police – citations are rare Enforcement based on size of event Loudoun County Yes Both Department of Building and Development Class 4 misdemeanor and up to $250 fine Prince William County No Both are encouraged N/A N/A Town of Herndon No N/A N/A N/A Town of Vienna No N/A N/A N/A
  7. 7. DPWES Director’s Office Local Jurisdiction Snow Removal Ordinance Comparison 7 Jurisdiction Walkways? How defined? Contracted or department employees? Legal issues in offering different levels of service? City of Alexandria Yes Publicly owned sidewalks, walkways, and pathways TES, Parks and Recreation Levels of service vary based on size of event Arlington County Yes Around County owned facilities and properties, and parks, walkways to Metro and schools Public works employees and contractors N/A City of Fairfax Yes Routes to schools, old town, City buildings, bus stops and shelters Public works and park employees, for large storms contractors N/A Fairfax County Yes Sidewalks and walkways around County facilities and property DPWES, FCPA, CLF, and contractors N/A City of Falls Church Yes Near City facilities Parks and Recreation N/A Loudoun County Yes Sidewalks and walkways around County facilities and property General services, public works, and parks and rec. and contractors Levels of service vary based on size of event Prince William County Yes Sidewalks and walkways around County facilities Public works employees and contractors N/A Town of Herndon Yes Downtown sidewalks and designated school routes Public works employees N/A Town of Vienna Yes Town buildings, parks, schools, near metro Park and Recreation N/A
  8. 8. DPWES Director’s Office FCDOT – Fairfax County Assets • Bus Stops – NO snow removal – Fairfax Connector: 2,021 bus stops – WMATA: 1,296 bus stops • Shelters – Fairfax Connector • MSMD maintained: 378, no snow removal, these are cleaned by Community Labor Force, and repaired by MSMD • Signal maintained: 153, snow is removed – WMATA maintained: 50, no snow removal • Park and Rides – Fairfax owned: 14, snow removed by MSMD via a contractor – VDOT owned: 7, snow removed by VDOT FCDOT does not remove any snow, the only resource available for snow removal of individual stops is our vendor who maintains the advertising shelters, of which we have 153. 8
  9. 9. DPWES Director’s Office Snow Removal Feedback from Tysons Partnership • Strengths – County snow removal response was effective – VDOT did a good job clearing snow for vehicular traffic • Areas for Improvement – Snow piled into traffic lanes and sidewalks and walkways – Improve metro access snow removal – Clearly define guidelines for sidewalk clearance – Better response from VDOT regarding clearing status 9
  10. 10. DPWES Director’s Office Next Steps • Board has authority to enact snow removal ordinance and can define specific levels of service across the county • Additional information is required if the Board is interested in the County providing snow removal for sidewalks and walkways • Adding additional services = additional costs and resources • Schools need to identify walking routes – Challenge will be hauling snow out of intersections with no where to move it • FCDOT to identify transit routes that are priorities – Bus stops – Shelters – Walkways to Metro stations 10
  11. 11. Additional Information For additional information, please contact www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes DPWES Director’s Office James Patteson 11 703-324-5033 James.Patteson@fairfaxcounty.gov

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