|Signs in the right of way, like this one in Wilson Boulevard, are prohibited.|
The Board of Directors of the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC), increasingly frustrated by the proliferation of illegal signs and litter in the area, has formally asked Fairfax County and Virginia Department of Transportation officials to take action.
While the February 2013 agreement between Fairfax County and VDOT to use work crews from the county’s Sherriff Department’s Community Labor Force to collect signs from the VDOT right of way is a good start, BC7RC believes it doesn’t go far enough. For one thing, it only operates Tuesdays through Fridays.
The BC7RC letter, signed by the group’s president, Brian Van de Mueulebroeke, and other board members, urges DCC and VDOT to initiate a pilot program focusing on educating businesses about illegal signage and stepping up enforcement in the Bailey’s Crossroads, Culmore, and Seven Corners areas. They call for increased inspections, including inspections on weekends.
“Should education fail to achieve appreciable results,” the letter states, “corrective action, including fines, should be implemented to deter continued code violations.”
Enforcement should include maximum fines for repeat offenders “and additional remedial measures for egregious cases,” BC7RC states. The board urges corrective action against entities that post “we buy junk cars” and similar signs on utility poles and corrective measures to deter panhandling, which encourages litter.
Neither DCC nor VDOT has as yet responded to the BC7RC letter.