The proposed speedhumps were put to a vote by property owners in the study area. The Neighborhood Vote ran from April 28 - May 19, 2023. Ballots were sent in the mail to property owners with more information about the project, the voting rules, and plans of the proposed measures. An online ballot was also available with the same information. The vote was decided on a simple majority, with all seven streets receiving more "yes" votes than "no" votes and therefore passing. The City received a total of 200 valid ballots, 144 voters voted yes on the proposed measures and 56 voted no. All streets had over 50% participation. Each street received over 50% “yes” votes (all but one received 66% or more “yes” vote). By the NTC Program, all measures will proceed to 60% designs and construction.
The City of Falls Church received a federal grant from VDOT to develop and implement a neighborhood-wide traffic calming and pedestrian safety plan for the section of the City known as Greenway Downs. The streets included in the Study Area are Seaton Lane, W Rosemary Lane, Jackson St, W Marshall St, W George Mason Rd, W Greenway Blvd and W Cameron Rd. A map of the Study Area is below.
This project is being undertaken at the request of several residents and will operate through the City's Neighborhood Traffic Calming (NTC) program which requires the formation of a Working Group of residents to work with staff and other residents in the development of plans to address speeding and pedestrian safety issues. For this project there is a working group for each street in the study area. The City has hired an engineering consultant to work with staff and residents to develop solutions and plans for each street in the Study Area.
Map of Study Area
February 2021 - Scope of Work developed and consultant retained.
April 2021 - Letter sent to neighborhood residents alerting them of the upcoming Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety project. Six small working groups of residents formed, one for each street.
May 2021 - Consultant collects traffic data on 6 streets.
June 2021 - Kick off meeting with VDOT, consultant and City staff.
July 2021 - Kick off meeting with Neighborhood Working Groups.
March 17, 2022 - Staff hosted a meeting to present the conceptual traffic calming plan to the Working Groups.
May 2022 - Working Groups for each street provided comments to staff on the conceptual traffic calming plan. Staff then reviewed and responded to the Working Group comments and provided direction to the consultant to prepare 30% plans.
June 2022 - Staff provided the CACT with the Working Group comments and Staff’s responses.
July 2022 – Receipt of 30% plans from consultant.
August 2022 – Distribution of 30% plans to Working Groups, VDOT, and CACT. VDOT comments were received later in the month.
December 2022 – Receipt of survey and bus turning movements.
February 2023 – Receipt of updated intersection plans from the consultant.
March 7, 2023 - Staff and consultant hosted public meeting to confirm individual street plans.
March 2023 – Staff reviews comments received at public meeting and works out final details before vote.
End of April - Beginning of May 2023 - Neighborhood to vote on plans via email or in the mail.
June 14, 2023 - Results of Neighborhood Vote announced at CACT meeting.