COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Watch for Child Playing Signs on Gristmill Drive
Review and approval of a request from the Mill Creek Homeowner’s Association to install “Watch for Child Playing” Signs on Gristmill Drive (Route 1157).
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
December 6, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Mill Creek Homeowner’s Association submitted a request to the County to install “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Gristmill Drive near its intersection with Southern Parkway (Attachment A). There is a concentration of children that live on Gristmill Drive and Spring Mountain Court who ride their bikes and play in the yards in this area. 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.
Goal One: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.
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.
Gristmill Drive is in the secondary road system (Route 1157). This road has a daily traffic count of 380 vehicle trips/day.
The request must come from a Homeowner’s Association where applicable.
Gristmill Drive is part of the larger Mill Creek subdivision consisting of over 500 homes. Please find the request from the Homeowners Association as Attachment A.
There must be a child activity attraction nearby for the sign to be considered.
There is no formally established child activity area such as a park or tot lot on Gristmill Drive. However, Gristmill Drive is located near an access point/trail to Biscuit Run where walking trails have been established. There are no sidewalks along this road, and only a minimal trail/pathway system within the Mill Creek development. The children that live in this area often walk and/or bike on the road to visit other homes to play. 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, although the Biscuit Run trail system is nearby (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.
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.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached Resolution (Attachment B) approving the installation of “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Gristmill Drive (Route 1157), near its intersection with Southern Parkway.
Attachment A-Letter of Request from the Homeowner’s Association
Attachment B- Resolution
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