Sharon Bulova Delivers 2014 State of County Remarks

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) discusses school funding, redevelopment projects and a host of other local topics after previewing her annual "State of the County" speech on Jan. 15, 2014. (Photo by Brian Trompeter)

Fairfax County officials rarely miss an opportunity to remind residents who are grousing about the county’s road conditions that most of those streets and highways are owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

In recent years, the transportation agency for budgetary reasons slashed its roadway-median mowing from six times per year to three. The cutback has chagrined some Board of Supervisors members.

“High grass in our medians makes our county look shabby and unkempt, lowers property values [and] is a serious safety issue for motorists,” said Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) said at the board’s July 26 meeting.

VDOT recently has received more funding for its maintenance-and-operations budget, and should spend some of that money to resume median mowing a half-dozen times annually, Cook said.

The agency also should maintain its roadside trails better and eliminate uneven pavements, plant overgrowth and large deposits of sand and salt remaining from winter’s snow plowing, he said.

Supervisors July 26 unanimously approved Cook’s recommendation that Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) write a letter to VDOT officials urging them to dedicate adequate funding for trail maintenance and median mowing.

Seeing medians overgrown by grass “drives people crazy,” Bulova said.

“It just looks like we’re not taking care of business and they think it’s us” who are at fault, she said.

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