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Are You Satisfied with Alexandria, Virginia’s Snow Removal Efforts? (Poll)

Snow removal in Alexandria, Virginia
Last week, a blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow on the Port City of Alexandria, Virginia, well over what the city typically sees over the course of an entire year and a half.

However, it’s not like we haven’t seen snow like this before. During snowmageddon in 2010, a few days after the storm, the City had big dump trucks and front loaders removing large piles of the snow.

Even though the City of Alexandria had something like 80 plows and equipment removing the snow during and after the blizzard, we’re hearing there is still quite a bit of residual effort going on/needed in the City more than a week after the Blizzard of 2016 (e.g. the mini-glacier located in a travel lane above). So, I thought I’d pose the following question to our readers – Are you satisfied with snow removal efforts in Alexandria, Virginia?

Feel free to discuss the snow removal effort below.

The poll closes at midnight February 7.

Lee Hernly, Editor
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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events. I live in the Old Town Alexandria area with my fantastic wife and son Sam. Oh, there’s Serena & Bea too. I’m so excited to meet new readers and see where you are from! Please be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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Sarah in Hume Springs

I work for a contractor near Potomac Yard and live near Cora Kelly. My street didn’t see a plow until Tuesday night, and it didn’t even go all the way down the street because citizens had shoveled a lane out in front of our house. Everyone else in my office lives in Fairfax County or points farther west. When things returned to normal in the office on Tuesday, I was the only one who still hadn’t been plowed out. Fortunately I could walk to work, but the sidewalks and crosswalks were in terrible shape. Everyone who came in to the… Read more »

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Half of the parking spaces in Old Town are still piled high with snow and unavailable. The intersections are ridiculous. Where are the front loaders? This didn’t happen during Snowmageddon – they were out two days later. It’s inexcusable.

Bob near Mark Center
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Bob near Mark Center

The snow plow drivers did an excellent job of getting the major roads up and running again. I give them lots of credit and appreciation for it. However, they did not do the same for sidewalks especially at intersections where pedestrians STILL have to scale snow piles just to get across. The sight of pedestrians walking in the roadway even at night because the sidewalks are still not usable is unacceptable. Here’s how I’d grade the snow plows regarding mode of transportation: Driving – A- – the roads are clear of most obstructions, but a few places have issues Walking… Read more »

Danielle
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The initial effort in my area (Van Dorn/Eisenhower West) was very good. But there was no follow up. So while the main travel lanes are mostly clear, the plows never returned to clear turn lanes, which are still (even on this second warm day) covered with snow piles.

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Kim

Were I a business owner in Old Town, I would be furious. As a patron of Old Town businesses, I was frustrated. My Hyundai Elantra had to do its best to park with the attitude of a SUV three times this week. On Wednesday 1/27, I gave the City a pass. On Saturday 1/30, when my husband and I went out for dinner, I was astounded by the inaction during the previous days. Plus, we still had to pay for street parking. On 1/31, it was no better. Not a good show of effort.