Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mon - Fri

TTY 711

10635 West Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Chad Crawford,
Maintenance and Stormwater Mgmt


The walkway system in Fairfax County consists of sidewalks, trails and pedestrian bridges, along with their associated steps, handrails, ADA ramps or signs.


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Sidewalks in the public street right-of-way (i.e., alongside public roads) generally are maintained either by the Virginia Department of Transportation 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711 or the county Maintenance & Stormwater Management Division (703-877-2800, TTY 711). Sidewalks along private roads are maintained by the  property owner.

Maintenance of trails (generally asphalt, stone dust, wood chip or natural surface) and pedestrian bridges may fall under different authorities for example VDOT, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Park Authority, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, or private property owners. View an interactive map of Walkway Maintenance responsibilities. 

Note: All vehicular bridges in public roadways are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation.


A right-of-way is a strip of land reserved for the construction of a roadway. The right-of-way must be granted to and accepted by grantee for maintenance purpose.  The limits of the right-of-way may contain other features including but not limited to sidewalks, shared use paths, utility strips and storm drainage facilities.

Public Street or Road

A public street or public road is one that is built in a right-of-way granted to a government (State or Local Agency). The roadway is open to travel by the general public at all times.  If the roadway is accepted into the system, the State or Local Agency assumes maintenance responsibility. In Fairfax County, VDOT maintains a majority of the roadways.

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