|Old Columbia Pike by the intersection with Elmdale Road.|
A group of people who live close to Old Columbia Pike earlier formed a task force, the first step in requesting traffic calming measures. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has agreed come up with a plan for seven speed humps between Little River Turnpike and the intersection at Lincolnia Road and Columbia Pike.
The Pinecrest Community Association has not taken an official position on whether it supports or opposes speed humps but it does want Pinecrest residents to have a say in the matter.
|Speed humps were installed on Fern Lane a few months ago.|
During the first meeting on the issue on July 18, members of the task force said speed humps are needed for safety reasons: Too many people are speeding, which endangers pedestrians and people trying to back out of driveways. Among the five members of the task force, two live on that road, two live in the new mcmansions on Reserves Hill Court, and one lives on Downing Street.
The speed limit on Old Columbia Pike is 25 miles per hour. A study conducted by the county showed the average speed in a 24-hour period in November 2012 was 36 mph. A police officer at the meeting said he’s given tickets to drivers going as fast as 50 or 60 mph.
FCDOT recommended speed humps after considering and rejecting other options, such as more stop signs.
While some Pinecrest residents feel the speed humps are unnecessary and could lead to more traffic congestion on Braddock Road, their main problem is with the process.
The Pinecrest Community Association is requesting that FCDOT include Pinecrest in the voting. As it stands now, only 143 households along Old Columbia Pike and a few side streets have been determined by FCOT to be in the “ballot area.”
For speed humps to be approved, at least 50 percent of the households in the ballot area must cast a vote and 60 percent must vote in favor of the proposal.
FCDOT’s rationale for excluding Pinecrest from the ballot is area is that there is no direct access from Pinecrest to Old Columbia Pike because the Pinecrest Golf Course serves as a barrier, surrounding the community on three sides.
The Pinecrest board petitioned to be included on the grounds that, normally, a community of this size would have access to the closest connector roads and Pinecrest residents frequently drive on Old Columbia Pike.
Pinecrest resident also say the speed humps proposal isn’t in compliance with Virginia Department of Transportation guidelines for traffic calming. Those rules require least 75 percent of residents of an affected area to agree that there is a problem with speeding before the county develops a proposal. VDOT also requires input from residents of a larger area.
There are also concerns that the speed limit on Old Columbia Pike was reduced to 25 miles per hour about a year ago with no public announcement. Speed humps can’t be implemented on any road with a speed limit greater than 25 mph.