COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

VDOT Traffic Calming Program, Request for Participation

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

To approve a resolution of intent requesting County participation in the Virginia Department of Transportation Residential Traffic Calming Program

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 2, 2005

 

ACTION:                                  INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:      X                        INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

VDOT’s Traffic Calming Program provides localities with a traffic management tool to deal specifically with speeding in residential areas.  Traffic calming measures are typically lower cost traffic management systems/devices to help manage vehicle speed including, but not limited to, speed humps, all-way stops, traffic circles, and raised crosswalks.

 

In order for a locality to participate in this program, VDOT requires the locality adopt a resolution requesting VDOT to make this traffic calming program available to the locality.  VDOT staff recently notified the County of an apparent procedural oversight. VDOT has no record of the required resolution of intent from the County requesting participation in the program. VDOT is requesting the County adopt the attached (Attachment B) resolution as a housekeeping matter.  Attachment A is a memo from VDOT which briefly outlines the program and the requirement for a locality to officially request participation.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The County has participated in the Traffic Calming Program for a number of years.  Albemarle County was one of the original County’s to participate in the pilot Traffic Calming Program when it was initiated by VDOT.  It appears the “official request for participation” step was missed as the program transitioned from its “pilot” status.  At the recommendation of VDOT, the attached resolution also includes a request to make available the use of All Way Stop Controls (typically, three- or four-way stops) as a traffic calming tool. VDOT is now requiring all localities to specifically include a request to use All Way Stop Controls as a possible traffic calming tool in the resolution. Staff opinion is that the Traffic Calming Program remains an important tool to help address certain traffic issues in the County.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors endorse the Traffic Calming Program resolution found on Attachment B.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A - VDOT Memo

Attachment B - Resolution of Intent

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