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  • 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
    ****************
  • Monday, January 06, 2014 8:54 PM | Anonymous member
    Due to the extreme cold forecast for tomorrow, all Fairfax County Public School facilities are closed to all activities, including "recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS."
    Since the PHCA falls into this category, we are cancelling the PHCA meeting for January 7.
    Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors who do not use the internet!
    We will reschedule as soon as possible and let you know the new date via email.

    Please stay safe in the cold tomorrow!
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 12:47 PM | Anonymous member
    Dear Neighbors,

    It's Christmas time and Pimmit Hills looks beautiful with everyone's lights and decorations!

    We want to invite you to spread the holiday cheer by participating in our very own 'Christmas Decoration Contest'. Send us a picture of your favorite Christmas lights/decorations in Pimmit Hills and we will post it on the Pimmit Hills Facebook page.
    The house which receives the most 'Likes' will receive a free Pimmit Hills t-shirt!

    Please, send us photos by the end of this week, so we can name the winner before people start taking their decorations down!

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
  • Monday, November 18, 2013 8:29 AM | Anonymous member

    VDOT believes that the warrant study (rules suggested by the Federal government http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/htm/2009/part4/part4c.htm) does not satisfy the need for a signal. There was a disagreement between us and VDOT. We have asked for VDOT decision data and a direct meeting with VDOT for data analysis. As an example, the VDOT engineer has specified that since the Peabody/Magarity intersection is at the hill a person can see on both sides of the road and make an educated crossing judgment.. There was a disagreement as this is not true.


    Supervisor Foust was supportive of our safety concerns and has asked the county and VDOT personnel to look into alternative ways to improve the safety on Magarity.


    We are hopeful of results from the county and VDOT (Hoping that county and VDOT officials Walk the Talk).


    1. Crossing at Magarity Road and Peabody Road

    1.1. We will be meeting with VDOT to analyze their data and justifications.

    1.2. Supervisor Foust is very supportive of our cause and has asked county staff to look at alternate ways to resolve the problem (an idea suggested was a median)


    2. Crossing at Magarity Road and Griffith Road

    2.1. VDOT suggested no change as the intersection is adequately marked. It is the understanding that in Virginia Law once the pedestrian is in the crossing, the vehicle should yield. We may get some improvements if the sidewalk is built.


    3. Crossing at Lisle Avenue and Peabody Road

    3.1. Pimmit Hills President is looking into this.


    4. Crossing at Magarity Road and Anderson Road – WALK Signal

    4.1. VDOT engineer will have a response in a month. Supervisor Foust has recommended the VDOT engineer to review the WALK signal. The conversation was hopeful.


    5. Sidewalk crossing at Tremayne Pl

    5.1. VDOT mentioned that this is a private road and we will have to take this issue with the road owner.


    6. Sidewalk crossing at Kiss and Ride Entrance

    6.1. Supervisor Foust has asked County officials to look into this.

    6.2. It was suggested that there may be a connection/walkway for Pimmit Hills Residents to the McLean Metro. Hence there maybe walkway improvements.


    7. Sidewalk crossing at Holly Ridge Dr

    7.1. VDOT mentioned that this is a private road and we will have to take this issue with the road owner.


    8. Sidewalk off Magarity Road near colonies

    8.1. We need to let VDOT or Supervisor Symth know about the increase in foliage.


    9. Sidewalk addition off Magarity Road

    9.1. FCDOT has marked this sidewalk for improvement and has scheduled meetings.

  • Monday, November 11, 2013 11:38 PM | Anonymous member
    - We have a meeting with the head of VDOT Arlington and Fairfax counties on 11/12/2013 to discuss the Westgate signal issue. We ran into issues communicating with the VDOT field engineer who felt that due to low traffic volume there is no need for a signal. A volunteer reached out to the VA Governor’s office and the Virginia Secretary of Transportation to make this meeting possible. We are not getting our positive hopes high yet, but remain optimistic and will know on 11/12/2013.

    - The crossing guard has signed the petition and she feels we need the signal.

    - Petitioner 100 was the property manager of Commons of McLean who is representing 577 units. So do we have 677 signatures? YAY. For the conversation we can keep it 100.

    - A volunteer helped create the mailing list to all houses on magarity for sidewalk. We stand at (3 YAYs). Still waiting on other signatures.

    - Supervisor Foust office has been a great facilitator; however we have requested Supervisor Foust to take a position on this petition and have no response from him as of yet. We should get a response on 11/12/2013.

    - Pimmit Hills Citizen Association has endorsed our petition and we have raised the issue with McLean Citizen’s Association (MCA). MCA Transportation representative is planning on attending the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.


    1. Crossing at Magarity Road and Peabody Road

    1.1. We have a meeting with the head of VDOT Arlington and Fairfax counties on 11/12/2013 to discuss the Westgate signal issue. We were running into issues communicating with the field engineer and a volunteer reached out to the VA Governor’s office and the Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

    1.2. The crossing guard has signed the petition and she feels we need the signal.


    2. Crossing at Magarity Road and Griffith Road

    2.1. We will know the status at the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.


    3. Crossing at Lisle Avenue and Peabody Road

    3.1. Pimmit Hills President is looking into this.


    4. Crossing at Magarity Road and Anderson Road – WALK Signal.

    4.1. We will know the status at the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.


    5. Sidewalk crossing at Tremayne Pl

    5.1. We will know the status at the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.


    6. Sidewalk crossing at Kiss and Ride Entrance

    6.1. We will know the status at the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.


    7. Sidewalk crossing at Holly Ridge Dr

    7.1. We will know the status at the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.

    8. Sidewalk off Magarity Road

    8.1. We will know the status at the meeting scheduled on 11/12/2013.


    9. Sidewalk addition off Magarity Road

    9.1. Please review the survey at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot/projects/

    9.2. Sidewalk off Magarity road is represented by #150. If you are a Pimmit Hills resident you may support other sidewalk IDs 159, 160 and 208.

    9.3. If possible, please mark your calendars to attend the following meetings to voice your support to the sidewalk at the scheduled FCDOT meetings. We had a parent and a child voice support at the Falls Church meeting that took place on November 4th.

    Tuesday, November 12
    6:30 pm - Open House, 7 pm - Presentation
    Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3
    12000 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    By Bus: Fairfax Connector routes 605, 621, 623

    Wednesday, November 13
    6:30 pm - Open House, 7 pm - Presentation
    Forest Edge Elementary School, Cafeteria
    1501 Becontree Lane
    Reston, VA 20190
    By Bus: Fairfax Connector routes 552, RIBS 1, RIBS 3

    Thursday, November 21
    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Dranesville District public meeting - meeting with Supervisor Foust
    Spring Hill Elementary School
    8201 Lewinsville Rd.
    McLean, VA 22102

    9.4. Pimmit Hills Citizens Association is presenting a sidewalk resolution. If possible please attend the meetings. Here is the link to the resolution.
    http://www.pimmithills.org/phca_board_blog?mode=PostView&bmi=1431364
  • Sunday, November 10, 2013 12:19 AM | Anonymous member

    The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is holding a series of meetings this fall to gather community feedback on groups of currently unfunded transportation projects. The May 2013 passage of House Bill (HB) 2313 has provided new funding for both regional and local transportation projects (roadway, transit, bike and pedestrian). FCDOT is engaging residents to help prioritize county needs that could be addressed with the new state funding. This effort will consist of a series of community meetings in October and November 2013 at which a series of transportation projects will be discussed.

     

    The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback in various ways. Residents can provide input in person at the meetings or online via survey, social voting, or email through November 22, 2013. The public meetings will include a presentation, a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to view materials and talk to county staff. The meeting dates are:

     

    Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

    Hayfield Secondary School

    7630 Telegraph Road

    Alexandria, VA 22315

    Transit accessible via Fairfax Connector routes 231, 232, 321, 322

     

    Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

    Falls Church High School

    7521 Jaguar Trail

    Falls Church, VA 22042

    Transit accessible via:  Metrobus 1A, 1B, 1Z

     

    Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.

    Ask Fairfax! Online Chat

    Submit questions: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/askfairfax/ActiveDiscussion.aspx?roomid=76

     

    Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

    Fairfax County Government Center

    Conference rooms 2/3

    12000 Government Center Parkway

    Fairfax, VA 22035

    Transit accessible via:  Fairfax Connector routes 605, 621, 623

     

    Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

    Forest Edge Elementary School

    1501 Becontree Lane

    Reston, VA 20190

    Transit accessible via:  Fairfax Connector routes 552, RIBS 1, RIBS 3

     

    For more information about the Countywide Dialogue on Transportation or to take the online survey, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/cdot/.  Residents can also visit the web site to sign up for email updates or find out if new meetings have been announced.

     

    Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For accommodations, call Department of Transportation at 703-877-5600, TTY 711 at least three business days prior to the meeting.

  • Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:48 AM | Anonymous member
    We really need as many people as possible to attend 
    the upcoming public meetings. The message heard at these meetings will determine 
    whether we still require librarians in our libraries, specialists in services to 
    children and youth in our libraries, full staffing of our libraries with well 
    trained and motivated staff, and much more. Please come out and speak up for 
    your libraries and library services before it is too late.
    
    http://annandaleva.blogspot.com/2013/10/lots-of-outrage-at-community-meeting-on.html
    
    http://annandaleva.blogspot.com/2013/10/major-changes-on-way-for-fairfax-county.html
    
    http://annandaleva.blogspot.com/2013/10/library-board-seeks-public-input-but.html
    
    Dranesville District
    Wed. Nov. 6, 7 p.m. 
    The Future of Fairfax County Public Library 
    Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
    8201 Lewinsville Rd., McLean
    Contact: Karen Gates, 703-324-8324
    karen.gates@fairfaxcounty.gov
    
    Monthly Meeting of Library Board of Trustees
    Wednesday, November 13 ,7 p.m. 
    George Mason Regional Library - 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 
    A maximum of 10 people may speak during the public comment period. 
    To sign up to speak, call 703-324-8324
    karen.gates@fairfaxcounty.gov
    
    
    Mason District
    Monday Nov. 18, 7 p.m. 
    The Future of Fairfax County Public Library 
    George Mason Regional Library 
    7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 
    Contact: Karen Gates, 703-324-8324
    karen.gates@fairfaxcounty.gov
    
    
    You can also share your thoughts/concerns/suggestions about our libraries with the Evaluation & Communication Committee which is coordinating the input effort:
    
    David Ray  davidcfray@hotmail.com 
    Susan Thorniley sthorniley@fcps.edu
    Mary Petersen  mpetersen3936@gmail.com 
    David Molchany David.Molchany@FairfaxCounty.gov  
    
    
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear neighbors,

    Our County Supervisor, John Foust, recently sent an email out calling attention to several important upcoming meetings on the topic of transportation projects in Fairfax County.

    I am very grateful to active members of our community who have lobbied to include several projects for Pimmit Hills on the list of projects that will be considered for funding (see below for a full description). However, we need your help to make these projects a reality.

    The County is hosting several "Dialogue on Transportation" meetings, where you can voice the need for improvements to pedestrian facilities or roads (and introduce new ideas!). 

    In addition, you can voice your opinions via an online survey by first visiting www.fairfaxcounty. gov/fcdot/cdot and then https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/DGPZVQV for the survey itself (if you go straight to the survey, three key Pimmit Hills projects are IDs 150, 159 and 208).

    Would you consider attending one of these meetings and/or taking the online survey to express support for the projects proposed for Pimmit Hills? Your participation can make the difference in whether these projects get funded.

    The meeting details and dates are shown below:

    Meeting Details:

    MondayNovember 4
    6:30 pm - Open House, 7 pm - Presentation
    Falls Church High School, Auditorium - nearby!
    7521 Jaguar Trail
    Falls Chuch, VA 22042
    By Bus: Metrobus routes 1A, 1B, 1Z

    Tuesday, November 12
    6:30 pm - Open House, 7 pm - Presentation
    Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3
    12000 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    By Bus: Fairfax Connector routes 605, 621, 623

    WednesdayNovember 13
    6:30 pm - Open House, 7 pm - Presentation
    Forest Edge Elementary School, Cafeteria
    1501 Becontree Lane
    Reston, VA 20190
    By Bus: Fairfax Connector routes 552, RIBS 1, RIBS 3

    ThursdayNovember 21
    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Dranesville District public meeting - meeting with Supervisor Foust
    Spring Hill Elementary School
    8201 Lewinsville Rd.
    McLean, VA  22102

    There are a few projects being considered in Pimmit Hills. Three to highlight are described in the table below:

    ID_NUM

    PROJECT

    SCOPE

    STATUS

    DISTRICT

    Est Cost Mil ($)

    TYPE

    CostRatio

    150

    Magarity Road Walkway

    Construct walkway on south side of Magarity Road from Lusby Place to Peabody Drive near Westgate Elementary School.

    Unfunded

    Dranesville

    1

    Bike / Ped

    0.9

    159

    Olney Road Walkway

    Replace existing sidewalk on Olney Road from Magarity Road to Lisle Avenue.

    Unfunded

    Dranesville

    0.5

    Bike / Ped

    1.7

    208

    Redd Road Walkway

    Construct walkway and bridge connecting Redd Road (Idylwood Road Side) to Redd Road (Pimmit Drive Side).

    Unfunded

    Dranesville

    0.1

    Bike / Ped

    *


  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:52 AM | Anonymous member
    http://www.wtop.com/120/3493746/Va-gov-calls-Greenway-tolls-a-burden-on-working-families

    How much is too much to pay to get from the Capital Beltway to Leesburg?

    A hearing before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, set for Nov. 12, could shake up a long-standing contract with a private company and determine what drivers pay.

    That company, Toll Road Investors Partnership II, owns the 14-mile Dulles Greenway where tolls could go up again early next year under a long-standing contract between the state and the company.

    Combined with tolls along the connecting Dulles Toll Road, it will cost $16.80 for a car to travel round-trip during peak hours once the latest rate hike takes effect for Dulles Toll Road drivers on Jan. 1.

    That doesn't include any toll hike the Greenway owners could impose in 2014.

    The legal challenge before the commission, brought by Delegate David Ramadan and others, will challenge the Greenway's entire toll structure and its authority to raise tolls yearly.

    In an interview Tuesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell wouldn't comment directly on the hearing. But he calls the tolls a very heavy burden.

    "I really feel for those people. That's an extraordinary burden on a working family to pay that kind of toll," says McDonnell.

    But he is not sure what can be done with a contract signed in the 1990s.

    "When I was attorney general, we looked at some of the legal issues and really couldn't quite, at that point, craft a solution that didn't violate the terms of the contract," McDonnell says.

    But he does say another look may be worth it.

    The Dulles Greenway was built under a public-private contract and opened in 1995.

    According to the company's website, the highway is the sixth largest taxpayer in Loudoun County and has paid in $30.7 million in local taxes since 1997.


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  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:28 AM | Anonymous member
    http://www.wtop.com/149/3493220/Officials-Silver-Line-will-carry-passengers-in-February

    Tysons Corner could be getting a long -waited Valentine's Day gift. Officials say the Silver Line could be ready in February.

    After a few missed deadlines on the $2.8 billion Phase One of the Metro rail extension, and a lot of controversy, leaders on both sides of the project say they're confident it will be ready before March.

    "We're still shooting for a November substantial completion. Obviously there's work we have to do between now and then," said Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman Christ Paolino. MWAA is building the line.

    Paolino says the five stations and track will be turned over to Metro after the slated November completion. Then, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says 90 days of training and testing are needed before the Silver Line and its five new stations are open to passengers.

    The line will run through Tysons Corner and to Wiehle Avenue at first. Phase Two, where construction is just beginning, will go to Dulles Airport and farther.

    WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow @hsilverbergWTOP and @WTOP on Twitte

 

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