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Snow removal information for the D.C. region

Capital Weather Gang | Plowing plans | Snow removal | Live traffic

The snow just doesn't seem to quit. Here is some information on snow removal and where you can turn for help if you need an area cleared once the snow trails off. Keep in mind that in most jurisdictions, property owners are responsible for clearing adjacent sidewalks after a snowstorm. There will be a lot of shoveling ahead.

  • Alexandria snow removal information: Visit the snow report Web site of call the snow emergency hotline at 703.746.4488.
  • Arlington County's snow removal information is here. In the past, officials have said the hilly terrain in sections A, C, and D means it takes longer to clear those areas.
  • The Viriginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal in Fairfax County.
  • You can also visit Virginia 511 for the latest information Virginia road conditions.
  • Track snow plows in the District here. The District Department of Information checks tweets sent to DDOTDC. You can also call the Mayor's Call Center at 311 or complete a form on the Web site.
  • Check Montgomery County snow removal here. Check to make sure the county is responsible for you street, and not one of the local jurisdictions or the state of Maryland, which plows numbered state routes. Here is a link with more information on who clears snow. You can report the problem to Montgomery County using this link or by calling 240-777-6000.
  • Prince George's County snow information is here.
  • State of Maryland snow information

By Michael Bolden  |  February 2, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather , highways  | Tags: Metro, metro safety  
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I realize that many in the region are still suffering from the aftermath of this storm. However, I want to commend the workers in southern Prince George's County. Our streets have been plowed continuously and we really appreciate your hard work. Thank you.

Posted by: yeswecan3 | February 7, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The 2800 block of Quebec St NW has not been plowed yet. It wasn't plowed in December either. Probably 400 cars in the parking lots and garages here, but no snow plows!

The form on the DC govt web site that you linked to does not respond to the words snow or plow.

So I called 311. The operator had trouble understanding me. They must have off-shored this service.

Posted by: SoloOwl | February 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Fenty, Director Klein and Director Howland it strikes me as ironic that there is no priority in clearing the footpaths on bridges within the District!

The recent release titled:

"District Crews Ready for All-Out Approach to Clear City Streets"

What really caught my eye was the following:

“Residents and property owners need to clear their sidewalks so pedestrians can get off the main roadways while our crews are out plowing streets,” said DDOT Director Klein. “It is unsafe for people to be walking in the streets while over 250 trucks move about the city. We really need people to step up and assist in clearing public walkways.”

The street is safer than those footpaths - no wonder property owners ignore the 8 hour requirement when District officials ignore this responsibility!

NOTE: Every time it snows one has to call to have a span cleared!

Posted by: Chris543 | February 7, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Snow removal in P.G.Co., what a joke. A plow came by our street two days ago and plowed one lane with the blade a foot in the air and only did a half a block and the other half had a mountain of snow blocking the road. Guess thats what you get when you here "Illegals". Glad no one needed EMS at the dead end that was blocked. By the way why are we paying taxes for two illegals in a county pickup doing nothing but joyriding???

Posted by: FrankMonzon | February 8, 2010 5:11 AM | Report abuse

I live on Hidden Valley Lane in Silver Spring (Fairland). While the county swears that the eastern part of the county gets the same attention as the other areas, that has not been our experience. My friends and family in Gaithersburg, Rockville and Damascus have all had their streets plowed while we sit gazing at an expanse of white that no 4WD vehicles can even get through. In December, our street was never plowed. On Christmas Eve, a delivery man told us that our neighborhood was the worst of all the places he had traveled. I understand that some streets have to be on the bottom of the plowing list, but couldn't they mix up the order once in a while?

Posted by: rose33 | February 8, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I was out in downtown DC last night. The roads were a mess. We saw no plows plowing. A few on the side of the road with drivers on cell phones, but no plowing happening.

Posted by: rmcobb | February 8, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, DC, what's the deal with the terrible snow removal services? I appreciate that this was a monster storm but it stopped snowing over 36 hours ago and from what I can tell, few if any side streets have been touched by the hand of man.

And let's remember, until you get more than a mile out of the downtown core a "side street" in the District is not like some subdivision out in the suburbs. Aside from the Avenues (some of which have been plowed, others not) those numbered and lettered streets are all we've got. It's not like the city has to focus on highways and off-ramps before it can get to the neighborhoods. I mean, M Street would qualify as a major artery in most locations around the metro area, yet it hasn't been touched by a plow.

And then there are the sidewalks. Those in front of private buildings are getting cleared, but that doesn't matter because you can't cross a street without crampons and climbing rope.

If I thought the city was just busy clearing other areas I could be patient, but if M Street is a glacier I've got to ask -- where are you clearing snow?

Posted by: dcpost1 | February 8, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Here's what I don't understand: Montgomery county has 5000 "lane-miles of road." If a plow has to hit each one 4 times to remove the 30 inches of snow, that's 20,000 lane-miles. Now say, the plow goes at 5 miles/hr, that would take one plow 4000 hr. But 100 snow plows could do it in 40 hr. Mongomery county says it has "500 pieces of equipment" working 24/7. So, why then are they only going getting to the neighborhood streets more than 40 hr after the end of the snowfall (never mind that some of those roads could be plowed during the snowfall, some are plowed by the incorporated municipalities and some by the state)? What am I missing?

Posted by: ajwtdr | February 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference (almost ignored in this area) between snow removal and snow plowing. My street has been plowed leaving 4 to 5 feet banks of hardened snow that driver have to dig out. Snow removal would mean that the city actual remove the snow so that drivers would not have to work for hours to dig their cars. Plowing is only the first step in a blizzard however it is not the complete job.

Posted by: CLR1 | February 11, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Please send a news truck to my street (13904 Mary Ann Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774). Of course, we have not seen a plow since the first storm. We have a four foot wall at the end of the driveway. We have written to every elected official in Upper Marlboro, Maryland including all of the council members, Jack Johnson and even Senator Mikulski, still no tangible results, help!

Posted by: Walkernupe2 | February 12, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

In response to yeswecan3: Also a resident of southern Prince Georges County and my street hasn't been plowed once. Your comment is the source of all my frustrations. Some roads have been "continuously plowed" while others still have 3 feet of virginal snow on them. The county needs a more equitable system.

Posted by: tforbes1 | February 14, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Overnight two front-end loaders cleared the most of the remaining snow from Tuckerman Road near the Metro station. Three lanes of the street were clear to the pavement before they started. So they were essentially clearing the parking lanes.

The problem is they dumped the snow and ice from the road onto previously clear and safe sidewalks. The mounds are up to 5 feet high,covering parking meters. From my building, there is no pedestrian access to the bus stop (including the school bus stop). Worse, people from nearby buildings are forced to walk in the street (people from my building can't get to Tuckerman). It seems me that the Montgomery County favors cars over foot traffic, but this--right next door to a Metro station-- is misguided.

Posted by: pac2 | February 15, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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