By Jason Widstrom, Civil Engineer
With winter weather quickly approaching we all need to be mindful of our responsibilities during and after a snowfall, as safety is a priority here in the City. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for removing snow in the right-of-way. DPW staff and contractors remove snow and ice from City streets and public parking lots, ensuring safe travel for citizens and emergency equipment.
Snow emergency routes receive first priority for salting and plowing. If the City declares a snow emergency, all vehicles must be removed from these routes. Red and white traffic signs identify City streets that are Snow Emergency Routes. Click here for an interactive map of the routes. Vehicles abandoned or parked on these streets may be ticketed and towed to allow snow removal crews to clear the roads. The City announces snow emergency route parking restrictions via a number of communication tools, including: the City website, City Facebook page, City Twitter page, and the Citizen Information line (703-248-5200).
Residents are responsible for clearing their driveway and the sidewalk adjacent to their property. Snow must be cleared from sidewalks within 12 hours after a snow fall or, if snow falls at night, residents have 12 hours after sunrise to clear sidewalks. Cleared snow and ice must not be placed in the street. A fine may be imposed if snow and ice are not removed within the required time frame. If you need help shoveling, please call Recreation & Parks at 703-248-5077 (TTY 711) for a list of teens available for hire.
Commercial property owners must remove snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding the property within 6 hours after a snow fall or, ifsnow falls at night, businesses have 6 hours after sunrise to clear sidewalks. Cleared snow and ice must not be placed in the street. A fine may be imposed if snow and ice are not removed within the required time frame.
If you have any questions, please contact DPW at 703-248-5350 (TTY 711) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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