CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

 

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

R. Holder Trumbo, Jr., Chairman, Scott District Supervisor

November 12, 2009

Staff Lead:

Department:

Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Resolution Requesting that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Post a Speed Limit of 25 Miles Per Hour on Baldwin Street and Grays Mill Road

 

Topic Description:

In 2006, VDOT conducted a traffic engineering investigation on Baldwin Street (Route 673) at the request of citizens and the Fauquier County Transportation Committee.  Based on that study, the speed limit on Baldwin Street from Grays Mill Road (Route 674) to the dead end was posted at 25 miles per hour, with the remainder of Baldwin Street (between U.S. Route 15/29 and Grays Mill Road) posted at 40 miles per hour.  In 2008, due to continuing safety concerns, citizens from Baldwin Street asked the Transportation Committee to request that VDOT reduce the speed limit on all portions of Baldwin Street to 25 miles per hour. VDOT reviewed the data from 2006, and concluded that the speeds were appropriately posted and no changes were warranted.

Since that time, Transportation Committee Members have been studying sections of the Code of Virginia dealing with speed limits in Residence and Business Districts (§46.2-874), and the definitions of “Business District” and “Residence District” contained in §46.2-100. 

§46.2-874 states:

 The maximum speed shall be 25 miles per hour on highways in business or residence districts, except on interstate or other limited access highways with divided roadways or non-limited access highways having four or more lanes and all state primary highways. 

Per §46.2-100:

"Residence district" means the territory contiguous to a highway, not comprising a business district, where 75 percent or more of the property abutting such highway, on either side of the highway, for a distance of 300 feet or more along the highway consists of land improved for dwelling purposes, or is occupied by dwellings, or consists of land or buildings in use for business purposes, or consists of territory zoned residential or territory in residential subdivisions created under Chapter 22 (§15.2-2200 et seq.) of Title 15.2.

"Business district" means the territory contiguous to a highway where 75 percent or more of the property contiguous to a highway, on either side of the highway, for a distance of 300 feet or more along the highway, is occupied by land and buildings actually in use for business purposes.

At its meeting on June 24, 2009, the Transportation Committee requested that VDOT determine whether Baldwin Street (between U.S. Route 15/29 and Grays Mill Road) and Grays Mill Road qualify as “Residence Districts” per the Code of Virginia §46.2-874.  VDOT determined that Baldwin Street between U.S. Route 15/29 and Grays Mill Road, and Grays Mill Road from Baldwin Street for 1.15 miles northeast qualify as “Residence Districts” per §46.2-874 of the Code of Virginia. (Attachments 1 and 2).  Mr. J. David Cubbage, VDOT Warrenton Residency Administrator, indicated that these sections of the Code of Virginia supersede the traffic engineering investigations typically performed by VDOT.   Mr. Cubbage also indicated that the Board of Supervisors must officially request that VDOT post a speed limit of 25 miles per hour based on the Residence District criteria.   

At its meeting on October 28, 2009, the Transportation Committee voted 4-0, (with Member R. Holder Trumbo, Jr., abstaining) to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the speed limit on the above mentioned portion of Baldwin Street be reduced from 40 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour and that the speed limit on the above mentioned portion of Grays Mill Road be reduced from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour, in the interest of public safety and welfare and consistent with the Code of Virginia.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:

None

 

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

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Residents Along Baldwin Street and Grays Mill Road
 

Attachments:

  1. VDOT Review of Route 673 Associated with §46.2-874
     
  2. VDOT Review of Route 674 Associated with §46.2-874
     

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