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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Information page is now online.  PHCA WG Committee is still accepting comments from members and community.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous member

    ***PIMMIT DR. NORTH RESIDENTS:***

    Please be advised that we have posted the Pimmit Dr. North Traffic Calming Ballot page here: http://pimmithills.org/pimmitdr-north-ballot


    Please view the page carefully for details about the proposed measures and instructions on how to send in your ballot. 


    We will also have it in the mail within the week. 


    Please note that the ballots will be tallied on August 10 so please send yours in early.


  • Friday, May 15, 2015 12:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Are you tired of seeing cars speed through the neighborhood with little regard for the safety of our children? Join us for a community meeting to discuss a proposed traffic calming plan to install 2 speed humps on Pimmit Drive. Representatives from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and the Dranesville Supervisor's Office will be there to answer your questions.

    When: Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00pm
    Where: Pimmit Hills High School and Adult Center.

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Get traffic in Pimmit Hills to SLOW DOWN! This is a neighborhood with Children at Play! We need YOUR help to reduce the cars that speed on our neighborhood's streets!  Please sign our petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/traffic-calming-in-pimmit-hills-neighborhood

    Get traffic in Pimmit Hills to SLOW DOWN! This is a neighborhood with Children at Play! We need YOUR help to reduce the cars that speed on our neighborhood's streets!  

    Please sign our petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/traffic-calming-in-pimmit-hills-neighborhood

    Out of a growing concern over the increasing volume and speed of traffic through our neighborhood, the PHCA has formed the Traffic Calming committee in an attempt to address this growing issue. As many of you are likely aware, because our neighborhood is conveniently situated between or near many major thoroughfares (Route 7, Route 123, I-66, I-495), our streets suffer from a disproportionately high volume of "cut-through" traffic. As a result, our streets are plagued by drivers who zip through our neighborhood with little regard for the safety of its homeowners and, most importantly, our children.

    As an example, my street, Pimmit Drive, gets an average of 18 cars per minute during "rush hour" on weekdays - dramatically higher than the average of 6 cars per minute at all other times of the day. Of even greater concern is the speed of the cars that use our street: of the 1000+ cars that use our street in the morning over 62% (672 cars per hour) exceed the posted speed limit of 25 mph, and about 145 cars per hour go above 50 mph.

    Clearly, the situation is dangerous to adults, and most especially children - with the volume of cars exceeding the speed limit so often, accidents have become all too common place and many of us on my street alone have be personally affected in one way or another. I once had a car parked on the street that was hit by a speeding car; the impact was so severe that the car was totaled. I have a 2 year old and have had more than my fair share of close calls. So I've put up a "Slow", sign by my curb, the very next day, the sign was knocked over (clipped) by a speeding car.

    It is clear that something needs to be done about the situation immediately, and we, the PHCA Traffic Calming Committee have taken action by making a formal request (copied in below) for Fairfax County (to Supervisor John Foust's office) to conduct a traffic study of our neighborhood. This is a an important, and necessary first step which we hope will spur action from the county for the implementation of much-needed traffic calming measures; including but not limited to speed humps, stop signs, flashing lights, and "children at play" signs.

    If our request for the study is approved, Fairfax County (through FCDOT) will require that the "affected areas" for the requested streets be balloted. When this happens, it is critical that we have YOUR vote to approve the implementation of the Calming Study and your agreement to implement the recommended measures.

    Please help us make our streets safer for use and for our kids. Let's take this first step to taking back the safety of our neighborhood's streets!

    If you would like to speak to us with questions or concerns, please feel free to reach us at pimmit-hills-traffic-calming-committee@googlegroups.com

    Thank you for your attention and support,

    The PHCA Traffic Calming Committee

    REQUEST TO FAIRFAX COUNTY

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    The following is the text of the letter, requesting a traffic calming study, that was sent to Fairfax County by the PHCA on May 29, 2014:

    Pimmit Hills Citizens Association

    1927 Pimmit Drive

    Falls Church, VA 22043

    president@pimmithills.org

    May 29, 2014

    John Foust

    Dranesville District Supervisor

    Fairfax County

    6649-A Old Dominion Drive

    McLean, VA 22101

    Dear Supervisor Foust:

    This letter is the formal request by the Pimmit Hills Citizens Association (PHCA or the Association) to initiate a traffic calming project on the following six locations within the Pimmit Hills neighborhood:

    1. Pimmit Drive between Sportsman Drive and Friden Drive

    2. Patterson Road between Paxton Road and Pimmit Drive

    3. The intersection of Lisle Avenue and Peabody Drive

    4. Griffith Road between Magarity Avenue and Lisle Avenue

    5. The intersection of Pimmit Drive and Howard Court

    6. Lisle Avenue between Fisher Drive and Ware Road

    7. The intersection of Griffith Road and Cherri Drive

    These locations are identified in the map of Pimmit Hills, Figure 1. Detailed justifications for requesting Traffic Calming projects on these locations are provided below. In addition, the table below shows the names and contact information for neighbors willing to serve on the community task force. Greg Melencio has agreed to serve as the lead contact for the task force.

    Community task force members

    Greg (Lead Contact),Jeremy, Connie, Charles, Animesh

    1. Pimmit Drive between Sportsman Drive and Friden Drive

    Pimmit Drive experiences regular cut-through traffic between McLean and the Idylwood Plaza shopping center. The segment of Pimmit Drive between Sportsman Drive and Friden Drive is the second block in one of the longest straightaways in the neighborhood that does not have any intervening stop signs, curves, or corners that would slow down traffic without the presence of traffic calming measures. Vehicles on this stretch of road routinely travel in excess of the posted 25 mph speed limit. Additionally, several instances of have occurred where vehicles parked on this and adjacent sections of Pimmit Drive were damaged by vehicles that recklessly speed through the street.

    Residents have measured the volume and speed of vehicles that travel on Pimmit Drive as follows (observed traffic counts during peak periods; Weekdays 0800h-0930h and 1600h-1730h):

    > Up to 18 cars/minute

    > 4 of 5 cars exceed posted speed limit of 25 mph

    > 75 vehicles/hour travelling at speeds > 40 mph

    In addition, there is above average pedestrian traffic with children along this stretch of road due to its adjacency to Olney Park which is often used by children form the residential community. The Association requests that both speed humps and “Watch for Children” signs are installed on this section of Pimmit Drive.

    2. Patterson Road between Paxton Road and Pimmit Drive

    Patterson Road is immediately behind the Tysons Station shopping center and routinely experiences cut-through or –around traffic due to vehicles attempting to avoid the traffic light at Route 7 and Patterson Road also has a significant slope which leads to vehicles often exceeding the 25 mph speed limit posted. On a regular basis, traffic from the shopping center now parks in the no parking zones along the top of Pimmit and cuts down Patterson road at high rates of speed rather than wait in long lines at the light to VA-7 and Patterson Road. This neighborhood street is not designed for that traffic level and because it has a significant slope, the traffic is not always visible from one end of the block to the other.

    3. The intersection of Lisle Avenue and Peabody Drive

    This intersection is a safety risk for elementary school students going to and from Westgate Elementary School and others crossing the road. Lisle Avenue is a main artery in the Pimmit Hills neighborhood, where careless drivers routinely go well above the speed limit. Currently there is a traffic volunteer during the school opening and closing hours, but school and neighborhood children have to cross this intersection at other times to get to and from school, especially if there are evening activities.

    The Association requests that the County put in a four way stop sign at the crossing of Lisle Avenue and Peabody Road and convert the crosswalks into a four-way zebra crossing. Figure 2 illustrates the current condition of the intersection. Figure 3 illustrates a schematic of the requested zebra crossings added to the intersection. Considering the elevation of this intersection it is safer to have a four way stop signs as it would provide neighborhood residents to safely engage in pedestrian activities at all times.

    4. Griffith Road between Magarity Road and Lisle Avenue

    The section of Griffith Road between Magarity Avenue and Lisle Avenue frequently experiences cut-through traffic from vehicles entering the neighborhood. The Association requests that speed bumps are installed along this stretch of road to curb the speed of traffic, which frequently exceed the posted speed limit of 25 mph.

    Additionally, the Association also requests that “Watch for Children” Signs be installed along this stretch of road due its being adjacent to the Pimmit Hills Alternative education center resulting in increased pedestrian traffic with children.

    5. Pimmit Drive and Howard Court

    The segment of Pimmit Drive adjacent to VA-7 (Leesburg pike) routinely experiences cut-through traffic exceeding the posted speed limit of 25 mph. In addition, the curve of the road prevents visibility of oncoming vehicles from only 300 feet ahead, while the curve itself gradual enough so that vehicles do not reduce their speed.

    6. Lisle Avenue between Fisher Drive And Ware Road

    The section of Lisle Avenue adjacent to VA-7 (Leesburg Pike) routinely experiences a high volume of traffic of vehicles due to vehicles entering and exiting the neighborhood. Vehicles on this stretch of road routinely exceed the posted speed limit of 25mph. In conjunction with many hidden driveways, this stretch Lisle can be hazardous to both residents and motorists alike.

    7. Griffith Road and Cherri Drive

    Griffith Road at Cherri Drive routinely experiences heavy volume of cut-through traffic especially during peak (“rush”) hours when motorists routinely speed past this intersection in excess of the 25mph speed limit. This intersection also immediately adjacent to Griffith Park which is often used by children form the residential community. The Association requests that, at this intersection, a 3-way Stop sign be installed to help regulate the traffic. The Association also requests that “Watch for Children” signs be installed around the intersection to increase motorists’ awareness about the potential for children in the area.

    Sincerely,

    Pimmit Hills Citizens AssociationGet traffic in Pimmit Hills to SLOW DOWN! This is a neighborhood with Children at Play! We need YOUR help to reduce the cars that speed on our neighborhood's streets!  Please sign our petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/traffic-calming-in-pimmit-hills-neighborhood

    Out of a growing concern over the increasing volume and speed of traffic through our neighborhood, the PHCA has formed the Traffic Calming committee in an attempt to address this growing issue. As many of you are likely aware, because our neighborhood is conveniently situated between or near many major thoroughfares (Route 7, Route 123, I-66, I-495), our streets suffer from a disproportionately high volume of "cut-through" traffic. As a result, our streets are plagued by drivers who zip through our neighborhood with little regard for the safety of its homeowners and, most importantly, our children.

    As an example, my street, Pimmit Drive, gets an average of 18 cars per minute during "rush hour" on weekdays - dramatically higher than the average of 6 cars per minute at all other times of the day. Of even greater concern is the speed of the cars that use our street: of the 1000+ cars that use our street in the morning over 62% (672 cars per hour) exceed the posted speed limit of 25 mph, and about 145 cars per hour go above 50 mph.

    Clearly, the situation is dangerous to adults, and most especially children - with the volume of cars exceeding the speed limit so often, accidents have become all too common place and many of us on my street alone have be personally affected in one way or another. I once had a car parked on the street that was hit by a speeding car; the impact was so severe that the car was totaled. I have a 2 year old and have had more than my fair share of close calls. So I've put up a "Slow", sign by my curb, the very next day, the sign was knocked over (clipped) by a speeding car.

    It is clear that something needs to be done about the situation immediately, and we, the PHCA Traffic Calming Committee have taken action by making a formal request (copied in below) for Fairfax County (to Supervisor John Foust's office) to conduct a traffic study of our neighborhood. This is a an important, and necessary first step which we hope will spur action from the county for the implementation of much-needed traffic calming measures; including but not limited to speed humps, stop signs, flashing lights, and "children at play" signs.

    If our request for the study is approved, Fairfax County (through FCDOT) will require that the "affected areas" for the requested streets be balloted. When this happens, it is critical that we have YOUR vote to approve the implementation of the Calming Study and your agreement to implement the recommended measures.

    Please help us make our streets safer for use and for our kids. Let's take this first step to taking back the safety of our neighborhood's streets!

    If you would like to speak to us with questions or concerns, please feel free to reach us at pimmit-hills-traffic-calming-committee@googlegroups.com

    Thank you for your attention and support,

    The PHCA Traffic Calming CommitteeGet traffic in Pimmit Hills to SLOW DOWN! This is a neighborhood with Children at Play! We need YOUR help to reduce the cars that speed on our neighborhood's streets!  Please sign our petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/traffic-calming-in-pimmit-hills-neighborhood

    Out of a growing concern over the increasing volume and speed of traffic through our neighborhood, the PHCA has formed the Traffic Calming committee in an attempt to address this growing issue. As many of you are likely aware, because our neighborhood is conveniently situated between or near many major thoroughfares (Route 7, Route 123, I-66, I-495), our streets suffer from a disproportionately high volume of "cut-through" traffic. As a result, our streets are plagued by drivers who zip through our neighborhood with little regard for the safety of its homeowners and, most importantly, our children.

    As an example, my street, Pimmit Drive, gets an average of 18 cars per minute during "rush hour" on weekdays - dramatically higher than the average of 6 cars per minute at all other times of the day. Of even greater concern is the speed of the cars that use our street: of the 1000+ cars that use our street in the morning over 62% (672 cars per hour) exceed the posted speed limit of 25 mph, and about 145 cars per hour go above 50 mph.

    Clearly, the situation is dangerous to adults, and most especially children - with the volume of cars exceeding the speed limit so often, accidents have become all too common place and many of us on my street alone have be personally affected in one way or another. I once had a car parked on the street that was hit by a speeding car; the impact was so severe that the car was totaled. I have a 2 year old and have had more than my fair share of close calls. So I've put up a "Slow", sign by my curb, the very next day, the sign was knocked over (clipped) by a speeding car.

    It is clear that something needs to be done about the situation immediately, and we, the PHCA Traffic Calming Committee have taken action by making a formal request (copied in below) for Fairfax County (to Supervisor John Foust's office) to conduct a traffic study of our neighborhood. This is a an important, and necessary first step which we hope will spur action from the county for the implementation of much-needed traffic calming measures; including but not limited to speed humps, stop signs, flashing lights, and "children at play" signs.

    If our request for the study is approved, Fairfax County (through FCDOT) will require that the "affected areas" for the requested streets be balloted. When this happens, it is critical that we have YOUR vote to approve the implementation of the Calming Study and your agreement to implement the recommended measures.

    Please help us make our streets safer for use and for our kids. Let's take this first step to taking back the safety of our neighborhood's streets!

    If you would like to speak to us with questions or concerns, please feel free to reach us at pimmit-hills-traffic-calming-committee@googlegroups.com

    Thank you for your attention and support,

    The PHCA Traffic Calming Committee

  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:53 AM | Anonymous member
    Fairfax County police are urging residents to take advantage of an updated online reporting system. Online reporting is the quickest, most convenient way of documenting incidents and police urge residents to take advantage of an updated online reporting system. Although the police department has had online reporting capacity for almost a decade, a new, easier, more user-friendly system was installed in December 2013. Police remind residents that no crime is too insignificant to report and that, often, these figures and incidents are used by crime analysts to detect trends and insert proactive, preventive measures.

    Residents may use the system to report crimes at any time. They will be notified of a report number and may use it for insurance purposes. If appropriate, an officer will notify and or respond to the complainant.

    Use the online reporting system to report the following non-emergency crimes/incidents:
    Bicycle theft
    Larceny/theft under $5,000
    Telephone harassment/threats
    Trespassing
    Lost property
    Civil disputes
    Unoccupied hit & run crashes
    Solicitor violations
    Destruction of private property/vandalism
    Larceny/theft from motor vehicles or parts
    Suspicious persons/vehicles


    The new online reporting system is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/120413citizenreportingsystem.htm
  • Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:48 AM | Anonymous member
    Wolf Trap Foundation is offering a new social dance class series in February that your constituents may be interested in, including Salsa, Swing, and Bollywood dancing. These individual classes are a new and exciting way to experience the performing arts at Wolf Trap. 

    No experience or partners required. 

    Register for the full, 4-week series and receive a discount.

    Date and Time: Thursdays, February 6-27, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Location: Center for Education at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
    Price: $60 (for 4 classes); $18 (per-class)

    Register here: 
  • Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:01 AM | Anonymous member
    Tysons Friends bi-monthly booksale is coming up this weekend, February 1&2.
    The Friends will again offer Pimmit Hills residents a pre-sale opportunity to obtain free library discards or to shop without the crowds during our pre-sale setup Thursday evening, from 4p to 8p, and to purchase any books that are for sale at a 10% discount.

    The Friends have library discards which are available without charge for other non-profit groups, such as schools, after-school programs, tutoring programs, churches, day care centers, and the like.
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:38 AM | Anonymous member
    Community Town Hall to Discuss Resident Concerns with County Officials Set for February 6

    Jan. 6, 2014 - Annandale, VA – Mason District Council of Community Associations (MDC) is urging Fairfax County residents to take a ”code compliance feedback” survey. The survey, available at www.masondistrict.org and open until January 28, 2014, seeks feedback on code compliance violations, impact upon quality of life and suggestions for improving the current code enforcement system.

    The Department of Code Compliance (DCC) is responsible for receiving complaints and enforcing zoning violations in Fairfax County. The Department investigates quality of life complaints in the County, including parking in the grass, junk in the yard, too many people living in a home, uncut grass, building without permits, and hoarding. It enforces zoning, property maintenance, building, blight, grass, fire and health codes all within in a single department.

    Results of the survey will be released at MDC's public meeting with County officials on February 6 at 7:30 pm at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, in Falls Church, VA. Invited panelists include: Director of Fairfax County Code Compliance, Jeff Blackford, Fairfax County Code Compliance Supervisor, Susan Epstein and Deputy County Executive, Robert Stalzer. The meeting is open to the public and will have a Q and A format and will encourage ideas exchanged among citizens and the panel.

    “We have heard from countless residents who have voiced their frustration with code violations and the county’s enforcement capability. With our latest survey, we’re asking residents to help shed more light on the issues they see – and their suggestions for positive change,” said Mollie Loeffler, Chair, Mason District Council. “The Council is actively urging the Department of Code Compliance and elected officials to respond to citizen concerns and revise code enforcement procedures to dramatically improve outcomes.”

    The survey currently being fielded is a follow-up to a 2012-2013 survey, for which more than 600 Mason residents participated and 67.4 % reported being concerned with overcrowding.

    As of the end of 2013 Mason District had the highest number of open/unresolved multiple occupancy cases in the County followed by Providence and Lee Districts.

    The Mason District Council (MDC) is a non-profit organization designed to act as a support network and communication forum for citizens, civic associations and homeowner associations within the Mason District in Fairfax County, Va. The organization is a branch of the Fairfax Federation of Citizen Associations. More than 4,000 households are represented through Civic and Homeowner Association membership in MDC.

    www.masondistrict.org
  • Friday, January 17, 2014 9:15 AM | Anonymous member
    Two positive updates –

    1. We will get a walk signal on all four sides at the intersection of Magarity and Anderson Road. Please refer to the email below.
    2. Regarding the entrance of K&R and its overlap with the pedestrian crossing – Since the school construction is expected to begin in a month, the K&R will be relocated to newly constructed upper parking lot on the other side of the school. Once the construction is complete the K&R will be moved back to the left rear of the building and a crosswalk will be put in.

    We are working with VDOT on the main issue of a school crossing signal. Our supervisor John Foust is helping us. Please call his office Ph: 703-356-0551 or send email pimmit.magarity@gmail.com on this issue. Your feedback is very important.
    Still gathering status updates on other items.


    **********************
    Mr. Gupta,

    Concerning the questions from your phone message, we are developing a project with the goal of installing pedestrian signals on all approaches at the intersection of Magarity Road and Anderson Road. If no problems are encountered, implementation will likely be 4 - 6 months away, depending on scheduling and funding constraints. In answer to your second question, I am not aware of any proposed changes to the pavement markings on Magarity Road in front of the school.

    Please contact me if you should have further questions.

    Sincerely,

    Don Moyer
    Area Engineer, North Fairfax County
    VDOT Traffic Engineering Section
    Northern Region Operations
    ***************************
  • Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:59 AM | Anonymous member
    Below is the latest email from VDOT representative. 
    The good news is that Warrant study qualifies for a signal; however, VDOT feels that are adequate controls in place to not have a signal (bad news). Originally VDOT was saying that none of the Warrants were being satisfied, since we pushed for a second study (and VDOT study data) we were able to see a VDOT Warrant being satisfied. Talking to people, we are going to push for a signal. If you have comments. Please let us know pimmit.magarity@gmail.com or call Supervisor Foust's office -- Ph: 703-356-0551

    There have been some developments on other action items for which I would like to confirm with the necessary stakeholders for accuracy before sharing them with you. The Magarity Sidewalk (along with others) was supported at two of the FCDOT meetings and also on the survey. I will send a status email within a week.

    Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Animesh (Volunteer)


    ****************
    Mr. Gupta,

    This is a follow-up response concerning your request for a traffic signal at the intersection of Magarity Road and Peabody Street.

    We have completed a traffic signal study for this intersection utilizing the nationally accepted guidelines in the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In following these guidelines, our study included the collection and analysis of vehicular and pedestrian volumes, crash data, delays, and a review of the existing geometric conditions.

    The signal warrant analysis computer program that we utilize found that warrant five, the school crossing warrant, was satisfied due to the number of students crossing and the number of conflicting vehicles. However, when lacking specific data, this program makes assumptions concerning crossing distance, crossing speed and the number of available gaps, based on the pedestrian and vehicle volumes, and uses these to perform its calculations. The critical piece of information for the warrant five analysis, the number of adequate gaps in traffic, is not available due to the presence of the crossing guard who provides artificial gaps for the crossing students.

    Further, the MUTCD states that even if warrant five is met, that “consideration shall be given to the implementation of other remedial measures, such as warning signs and flashers, school speed zones, school crossing guards or a grade-separated crossing.” Clearly most of these measures have already been implemented, and in our judgment, they are adequate to provide safe crossing for students traveling to and from the school.

    None of the other eight traffic signal warrants came close to meeting the criteria for signalization. Based on our analysis of this location we do not support installation of a traffic signal at this time.

    Please contact me should you have further questions concerning this issue.

    Sincerely,

    Don Moyer
    Area Engineer, North Fairfax County
    VDOT Traffic Engineering Section
    Northern Region Operations
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