COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Solomon Road Watch for Child Playing Sign
Approval of Watch for Child Playing Sign Request for Solomon Road (Route 1430)
Messr: Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
October 5, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
On behalf of residents of the Soloman Road, a Board member has requested that the Board approve the installation of “Child at Play” signs on Solomon Road. The residents of the Solomon Road neighborhood have met with Mr. Rooker and requested that Child at Play signs be installed to warn the traveling public that children may be playing in the area.
3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
The County has developed criteria for reviewing a “Child at Play” sign installation request. The criteria and staff comments are provided below.
1. “Child At Play” signs shall only be considered on secondary roads.
Solomon Road is in the Secondary Road System (Route 1430).
2. The request must come from a Homeowner’s Association where applicable.
The neighborhood request was made directly to a Board of Supervisors member.
3. There must be child activity attraction nearby for the sign to be considered.
There is no established tot lot, playground or sidewalk on Solomon Road. Due to these absences, the children that live on this road often have to walk and/or pedal in the street to other homes to play or to bus stops. Staff believes that “Child at Play” signs will give notice to the traveling public that children may be in the area and using the road to get from one home to another.
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 homes with children in the neighborhood and the lack of sidewalks, it is staff’s opinion that this request for the installation of “Child at Play” signs has merit.
The average cost to install a sign is approximately $125. VDOT will utilize the County’s secondary road maintenance funds to install the signs.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached (Attachment A) resolution supporting the installation of “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Solomon Road.
Attachment A - Solomon Road Watch for Child
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