Board Funds Supervisor Cook's Speeding Initiative
Supervisor Cook was pleased to garner $350,000 of carryover money for
his Neighborhood Speeding Safety Initiative. Many of you have reached out
to ask us more about this, some even requesting immediate attention on
The first part of the initiative will use $150,000 to create a public awareness campaign to encourage communities to let speeders know how unacceptable and dangerous that behavior is. With most neighborhood speeding done by those who live there, the goal is to have neighbors reach out to neighbors to ask them to slow down. More information will follow about the public awareness campaign.
The remaining $200,000 is going into the County’s Department of Transportation fund for traffic calming. The money is not slated to go just to the Braddock District, but will be available for neighborhoods countywide. Speed humps or stop signs will not be arbitrarily placed without a community’s request. The request process for traffic calming in your community has not changed, and can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/rtap.htm#traffic_calm. A road must meet the following criteria to qualify for the installation of traffic calming measures:
•Local residential, collector or minor arterial road with a posted speed limit of 25 miles-per-hour (mph)
•Traffic volume of 600 to 6000 vehicles per day
•If a minor arterial road, the traffic volume must be less than or equal to 15,000 vehicles per day and traffic calming devices must exist on the same street in an incorporated city or town within one quarter mile
•85th percentile speed of vehicles greater than or equal to 35 mph limit or the average speed of vehicles is greater than or equal to 30 mph
A third leg of this effort involving increased traffic enforcement will be part of future County budget discussions.
Supervisor Cook looks forward to working with communities to encourage safer driving for everyone.