COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Watch for Child Playing Signs on Bleak House Road

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Review and approval of a request from residents to install “Watch for Child Playing” Signs on Bleak House Road (Route 662).

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Benish, Wade

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 6, 2006

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                      INFORMATION: 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The residents of Montei Drive and Bleak House Road submitted a request to the County to install “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Bleak House Road near its intersection with Montei Drive (Attachment A). There are approximately twelve children living in this area that walk or bike from house to house to play with one another. VDOT requires that the Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution approving the placement of a “Watch for Child Playing” sign before a sign can be installed.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal One: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.

 

DISCUSSION:

The County has developed the following criteria for reviewing a “Watch for Child Playing” sign installation request:

 

“Watch for Child Playing” signs shall be considered on secondary roads.

Bleak House Road is in the secondary road system (Route 662). This road has a daily traffic count of 250 vehicle trips/day.

 

The request must come from a Homeowner’s Association where applicable.

Please find the request from the residents that live in the area on Attachment A

 

There must be a child activity attraction nearby for the sign to be considered.

There is no established child activity area such as a park or tot lot on Bleak House Road, nor are there any sidewalks.  The children that live on this road often walk and/or bike on the road to visit other homes or areas to play.  There are approximately twelve young children living along this section of the road.  Staff believes that “Watch for Child Playing” signs will properly notify drivers to watch for children using the road and will make the road safer for the children.

 

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 review criteria. There are no formal/central child activity attraction areas on the road (Criteria 3). However, given the number of children in the neighborhood and the lack of sidewalks, it is staff’s opinion that this request for the installation of “Watch for Child Playing” signs has merit in this location.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The cost to install a “Watch for Child Playing” sign is $125. This cost will be paid from the County’s Six Year County road maintenance fund.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached Resolution (Attachment B) approving the installation of “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Bleak House Road (Route 662), near its intersection with Montei Drive.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Letter for Request from Residents of Montei Drive and Bleak House Road

Attachment B- Resolution

Attachment C- Location Map
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