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Project Status Updates
1/14/20 UPDATE - see Staff Report for the 1/15/20 Town Council Meeting.
1/7/20 Email Update - sent to the residents who attended the 12/21/19 meeting
Thank you for taking the time to attend the Saturday morning meeting on December 21. Of the 23 residents who signed in, 21 provided us with an email address. For now, we will refer to this group as the “Cascade Working Group” and I have created a group email by this name. (Note: I apologize in advance for any errors I may have made in entering email addresses).
The meeting began with Councilmembers Hellman and Reed welcoming the group and sharing their thoughts regarding the objectives of the meeting, which included a brief presentation from the traffic engineers and an opportunity for all attendees to comment on the project. Councilmember Reed also clarified that he misspoke at the December 18th Council meeting when he stated that a fatality had occurred in the area he referred to as “dead man’s” curve. Police Chief Morin indicated that according to PD records, which goes back 20 years, no fatality has ever occurred in that area. Anecdotally, no one in PD recalls any fatalities in the area.
After the Councilmembers’ introductory remarks, David Parisi and Andrew Lee, the traffic engineers from Parisi Transportation, summarized the changes to the project based on the direction received from the Town Council at its December 4th meeting. These changes included:
-- Install curve warning signs at appropriate locations with advisory speeds (15 mph).
-- Remove the “25” pavement marking and replace with “15” mph markings
-- Remove signs that may be unnecessary (e.g., SLOW CHILDREN PLAYING sign).
-- Add new pedestrian and bicyclist signs
-- Reduce the regulatory speed limit to 15 mph prior to the traffic calming section of Cascade (i.e., two-way section).
NOTE: The traffic engineer conducted a speed survey to support the reduction in speed. The Town Council had previously indicated they would support a reduction in speed if verified by the traffic data.
-- Town staff reported at the meeting that we have painted some red curbs and are continuing monitor the situation to determine if additional no parking markings are required in the area.
At the conclusion of the traffic engineer’s presentation, residents asked questions and offered their comments:
- Some residents shared their discontent and wanted the striping removed and the original striping restored.
- Others shared safety and liability concerns with the project
- Many liked the traffic calming effect and indicated it felt “safer,” but wanted the Town to monitor its effectiveness before taking any further action.
- Many offered suggestions for improvements to the existing striping plan and asked for educational materials regarding how to navigate the area.
- Some residents asked for more enforcement of stop signs, speeding and parking.
- During the meeting, the traffic engineers also recommended that the fog line (i.e., white line) in the inside of the curved sections of Cascade be reduced from 4 ft to 3ft. This line movement (reduction) will be phased in along the two curves (approx. 50 ft along each curve). Near the conclusion of the Saturday meeting, the traffic engineer rolled out the plans and explained the concept to interested residents.
As the traffic engineer is strongly recommending this minor revision to the striping project, staff will be asking the contractor who will be grinding out the 25 mph signs on the road to also perform this work which would be much more cost effective. We do not have a scheduled work date yet, but when we have an approximate date, we will let this working group know via email.
With regard to the next steps, Councilmembers Hellman and Reed will report at the Council’s January 15th meeting their recommendations based on the input received at the Saturday meeting. All the comments received at the Saturday meeting will be summarized and included in the staff report to the Town Council.
At this time, we are tentatively proposing Saturday, February 1st, 10:00am to 12 noon, for another meeting of the Cascade Working Group, but we will need to confirm that date. Staff is also working with the traffic engineer on the educational flyer to be distributed to the neighborhood.
At its December 4th meeting, the Town Council, after receiving numerous public comments and considering options, directed staff to modify the Cascade Striping Project as follows:
- Add temporary “changed conditions” signs in both directions of traffic.
- Install curve warning signs at appropriate locations with advisory speeds (15-20 mph).
- Install no parking signs and/or red curbs in the area.
- Remove the “25” pavement marking and signs that may be unnecessary (e.g., SLOW CHILDREN PLAYING sign).
- Monitor the project including travel speeds and any traffic incidents.
- Evaluate sightlines in the area around Doc Edgar Park impacted by parked cars and add red curb markings as needed.
- Form a resident subcommittee, to be facilitated by Mayor Goddard, to provide suggestions to the Council for consideration.
The meeting to form the resident subcommittee is scheduled for Saturday, December 21st, at 10:00 am in the Women's Club.
At a Special Council meeting on Wednesday, 12/18, the Town Council will be receiving a status report on the Council approved modifications to the Cascade striping project and the formation of the resident subcommittee.
Council meeting on 12/4 --The Town Council will be discussing the Cascade striping project at its Wednesday, December 4th meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Women's Club (46 Park Rd). The Council agenda for the meeting can be found at www.townoffairfax.org under public meetings by Thursday (11/28).
Update 11/19/19 --A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm on Thursday, 11/21, at Doc Edgar Park to discuss the project. The matter is also scheduled for discussion at the Town Council’s December 4th meeting at 7:00pm in the Women’s Club.
The striping work being done on Cascade is an effort to create more traffic calming and to reserve a portion of the roadway for people to walk. The striping is intended to create “Two-Way” traffic sections of the road. The purpose of the TWO-WAY TRAFFIC AHEAD sign is to warn drivers travelling they are approaching a roadway section where two-way traffic is in operation, and that their ability to pass freely will be restricted by opposing traffic. The narrower lanes provide a minimum four-foot shoulder area for people on foot.