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Tuesday, January 27  •  National Weather Service Advisory 31°Light Snow Air Quality: Green
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Today: High 34° Low 20°
AM Snow ShowersAir Quality: Green
Wed: High 36° Low 23°
SunnyAir Quality: Green
Thu: High 39° Low 33°
PM ShowersAir Quality: Yellow
Fri: High 35° Low 17°
Partly Cloudy/Wind
Sat: High 30° Low 23°
City government offices and facilities will be open as scheduled on Tuesday, January 27, with unscheduled leave permitted for non-emergency staff.  For Alexandria City Public Schools operating status, click here.
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Snow Removal on Sidewalks & Pathways

City Code Section 5-2-21 states that sidewalks, driveways, and entrances are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, occupant, community association, or business for snow removal.  Snow and ice must be cleared from all paved sidewalks abutting your property within 24-72 hours of the end of the snowfall, depending on the storm response level (Level 1 = 24 hours; Level 2 = 48 hours; Level 3 = 72 hours).  During a storm, the Storm Update Page will list the storm response level.  Failure to clear sidewalks may result in the City having the work done and charging the cost to the property owner, or fining the property owner $50. Clearing the sidewalk of ice and snow should be considered part of owners' and tenants' property maintenance responsibilities.  Owners and tenants who may be unavailable or unable to clear sidewalks themselves are responsible for making arrangements to have the work done for them in the event there is a storm.

To report a violation of the sidewalk ordinance, please call 703.746.HELP (703.746.4357).

City crews coordinate road clearing and sidewalk work depending on the severity of the storm. Accessible curb ramps, sidewalks and pathways that abut publicly-owned property are cleared by crews from City departments or Alexandria City Public Schools personnel.

The sidewalks are prioritized into three basic groups:

  • First priority: School walking areas, accessible curb ramps and sidewalks near key transit stops such as Metro stations, and retail zones.
  • Second priority: Walks expanding out from schools, parks, and municipal locations.
  • Third priority: Trails, pathways internal to parks, and bike paths. (The Mount Vernon Trail is maintained by the National Park Service and is not plowed during snow events).

During less severe storms, priorities include schools and accessible curb ramps in heavily used pedestrian areas–particularly near major transit stops and retail zones along King Street (Commonwealth Avenue to Union Street) and Mount Vernon Avenue (East Glendale Avenue to Four Mile Road).

Transportation & Environmental Services
301 King St., Room 4100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.519.3356

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.