COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Alberene Road (Route 719) Child At Play Sign Request
Approval of Child At Play Sign Request for residents of Alberene Road
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
July 6, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The residents of Alberene Road (Route 719) have submitted a petition requesting the installation of “Child At Play” signs (Attachment A). There are approximately 30 homes in the vicinity of the intersection of Route 719 and Route 717, with 20-25 children residing in this area. The signs would be placed along an approximate 2,400 foot section of Route 719, from its intersection with Secretary’s Sand Road (Route 717) northward to just past a hill and curve in the road. VDOT requires a resolution of support from the Board of Supervisors to install Child At Play signs.
3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
DISCUSSION: The County has developed criteria for reviewing a Child At Play sign request. The criteria and staff comments are provided below.
1. “Child At Play” signs shall only be considered on secondary roads.
Alberene Road is in the Secondary Road System (Route 719).
2. The request must come from a Homeowner’s Association where applicable.
A petition from the residents of Alberene Road is attached (Attachment A).
3. There must be child activity attraction nearby for the sign to be considered.
There is a concentration of approximately 30 homes at the intersection of Alberene Road (Rt. 719) and Secretary’s Sand Road (Rt. 717). There are no established central child activity attractions in the area, however, due to the absence of sidewalks, children that live on this road often walk and/or ride their bicycles in the street to visit and play at other homes along the road. According to the petition, 20-25 children live on this road. Staff believes that Child At Play signs will give the necessary notice to drivers that children are potentially playing or walking in the roadway.
4. The installation of the sign shall not conflict with any existing traffic control devices. The proposed location of the signs will not conflict with any existing traffic control devices.
This request meets 3 of the 4 criteria. There are no central child activity attraction areas along the road (criteria 3). However, given the number of children in the neighborhood and the lack of walkways, it is staff’s opinion that this request for a “Child At Play” sign has merit.
The cost to install a Child At Play sign is approximately $125, which will be funded with the County Secondary Road maintenance funds.
Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached (Attachment B) resolution supporting the installation of “Child At Play” signs on Alberene Road.
Attachment A – Petition Requesting Child At Sign on Alberene Road
Attachment B – Resolution to VDOT Requesting
Installation of Child At Play Sign
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