Sisyphus on a Fairfax sidewalk
By Katherine Andrus
The Feb. 16 Metro article “Volunteer shovel brigades help clear the way for classes” completely missed the most frustrating aspect of the situation, at least as it unfolded in my Northern Virginia neighborhood.
Except for a few hours in the midst of the two major storms, our neighbors have kept the sidewalks passable — until Sunday, when the Virginia Department of Transportation sent backhoes into our subdivision to clear the streets curb to curb. Guess where they put the snow? Or, more accurately, the ice boulders? It’s now piled up in five- to six-foot mounds blocking anyone trying to walk on the sidewalks (and blocking visibility for cars trying to enter the road from driveways or side streets).
At the same time, we were getting e-mails from school and local officials imploring us to get out our shovels to clear the walks and bus stops in preparation for schools reopening. While we are glad to help, we can’t figure out how to clear these impenetrable mounds, short of a pick-ax and dynamite. Clearly there was a lack of coordination between VDOT and local authorities — that’s the story I would like to see covered.
| February 17, 2010; 7:38 AM ET
Categories: Fairfax County, HotTopic, schools, weather
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