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Posted at 2:01 PM ET, 07/20/2010

Fairfax traffic program nearly broke

By Washington Post editors

Fairfax County's traffic calming program, designed to ease congestion in residential subdivisions in Washington's still-growing suburbs, soon will be broke and dozens of projects likely will be suspended, reporter Derek Kravitz tells us.

Traffic calming measures typically include speed humps and so-called "speed tables"; raised pedestrian crosswalks; traffic circles; and median islands. Neighborhood roads that qualify for such devices are required to have posted speed limits of 25 mph or less and traffic volume between 600 and 4,000 vehicles per day (15,000 vehicles or less for arterial roads).

As of July 1, the program has just $366,407 in funding. About two dozen approved and developing projects are in the pipeline and another 24 projects have qualified or are being studied. But those remaining projects are unlikely to happen, officials said, unless other sources of county revenue can be found.

The cuts are apart of the state's slashing of its secondary-road program for Virginia localities.

Check out the Virginia Politics blog for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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