Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

R. Holder Trumbo, Vice Chairman,

Scott District Supervisor

April 10, 2008

Staff Lead:


Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

Community Development


A Resolution to Request that the Virginia Department of Transportation Install Signs Advising of the Maximum Penalty for Exceeding the Posted Maximum Speed Limit on Blantyre Road (Route 628) in the Vicinity of Bethel Academy

Topic Description:

At the January 30, 2008 meeting of the Transportation Committee, a local resident, Mr. Brian Larkin, spoke regarding excessive speeding on Blantyre Road and the hazards this posed for the residents in the area of Bethel Academy.  Blantyre Road is a collector road, but in this area it has numerous residences on small lots fronting the road.  Prior enforcement efforts by the Sheriff’s Office have not deterred many drivers from exceeding the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour. 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Warrenton Residency Administrator, J. David Cubbage advised the Transportation Committee that the County Board of Supervisors could formally request that VDOT install signs advising of the maximum penalty for exceeding the posted maximum speed limit.  With such signs in place, the fine for exceeding the speed limit would be $200.  The Transportation Committee unanimously recommended that the Board of Supervisors request installation of these signs on Blantyre Road. 

Mr. Cubbage has verified that this section of Blantyre Road meets the VDOT criteria for installation of these signs.  Specifically, the road is a collector road and this area meets the definition of a “residence district”.  Furthermore, a speeding problem exists in this area, and the increased penalty has community support.  


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:

Signs will be funded from countywide traffic services in the secondary road allocations to Fauquier County.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Virginia Department of Transportation
Citizens of Fauquier County


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