|Old Columbia Pike is hilly, narrow, and lacks sidewalks.|
Enough residents of Old Columbia Pike in Annandale voted for speed humps, so the measure is going forward. The traffic calming plan calls for seven speed humps along Old Columbia Pike between Little River Turnpike and Lincolnia Road.
The matter was debated at a contentious community meeting in August, with proponents arguing that speeders are creating a safety hazard, while opponents charged speed humps aren’t effective and slow down emergency vehicles.
Proponents of speed humps needed at least 70 completed ballots (50 percent), and at least 60 percent of the ballots had to be in favor of the plan. The ballots indicated a 79 percent approval rating.
“Barring any unforeseen delays, I anticipate the traffic-calming plan for Old Columbia Pike will come before the Board [of Supervisors] on Nov. 19,” Gross says. Once the BoS gives the go-ahead, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation will schedule installation of the speed humps.