Snow plows reach some D.C. areas, have yet to clear others

(WJLA) - It was slow and steady on this stretch of Wisconsin Avenue on Friday, with the sidewalk a mix of ice, snow, and slush – treacherous enough that some were just inching along. Many side streets were also still completely covered.

"They are pretty rough, still pretty icy," said David Ciesielski. "A lot of slush, nothing's been cleared yet, it's been a tough walk."

Many abandoned the sidewalk altogether, figuring it was safer to share the road with cars.

"I'm worried about a number of things: my feet are going to get wet, and I don't want to fall down," said Yelena Norman.

For the most part, the roads are in pretty good shape, but the sidewalks can be clear with a sheet of ice.

With the sun now out and snow stopped, there was plenty of sidewalk clearing going on. It’s slow, backbreaking word, but someone still has to do it.

Joshua Louria is out shoveling, but not at home. He is one of dozens of volunteers working with “Serve D.C.” to dig out the homes of senior citizens – about 175 elderly people so far, like Wilma Wilson.

"It's a beautiful day, people need help," said Louria. "I haven't gotten exercise in a while, there are some really steep stairs around here, and people can't do it themselves."

"In 40 years, this is the first time a volunteer has come to this door to shovel snow," said an appreciative Wilma Wilson.

And while some D.C. residents are giving road crews high marks for the way they cleared the roads after this week's snow, not everyone is happy.

On Friday, some people ABC7 talked to in Virginia were still snowed in and waiting for a plow.

"We've had no one come down our street and we're all stuck," said Susie Ragan of Vienna. "I wish someone would come and dig us out."

Ragan lives on a small neighborhood street off Lawyers Road. What was frustrating for her and other residents of the street was that similar nearby streets had been plowed, but for some reason their street hadn't been.

A spokesperson with VDOT says the department has divided Northern Virginia into 600 sections. Plow drivers are given a certain section to cover and are supposed to hit all the public streets in it.

But she said it's not unusual for a lone street to be missed, and if that happens residents can call 1-800-367-7623 to report it.

The spokesperson says VDOT uses one set of crews to battle major roads, another set with smaller trucks to battle neighborhood roads. They do prioritize roads within a neighborhood by doing more heavily-traveled roads first.

Virginia is not the only place where some people were waiting for a plow Friday.

There was a similar situation in one neighborhood off Travilah Road in Montgomery County. Parts of the neighborhood were plowed, but in other areas residents couldn't get in or out.

"They forget about us," resident Saodat Bazrova said of her street. "I think it's because we're a cul-de-sac."