Sidewalk snow problems in Reston

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Who's responsible in Reston for making sure school kids don't have to walk on a busy road?

WUSA9 learned about a potentially dangerous situation for schoolchildren in Reston through a viewer email.

The viewer said kids are forced to walk in a busy road alongside cars because mounds of snow, some as high as four feet, are blocking sidewalks on the only artery that leads to three schools, South Lakes High School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and Terraset Elementary School. WUSA9 went to take a look.

When we arrived at South Lakes Drive, we saw students from South Lakes High School walking in the street, alongside snow-covered sidewalks that many would agree were impassible.

This four-lane stretch of road is the only way home for many students who attend those schools. There is not much room. We saw some side-shuffling along next to buses, and some walking straight down the middle.

Many of the students said they think it's very dangerous. However, a lot of kids who do not live far enough away to qualify for buses say they have no choice.

Fairfax County does not have a law that holds homeowners and business owners responsible for cleaning their sidewalks after the snow. Fairfax County Public Schools said even though these sidewalks are not their responsibility, they are working with local homeowners associations to get them cleaned up.


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