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Does Route 29 through Fauquier have to look like Route 29 through Gainesville, with numerous new traffic signals snarling traffic?Does Broadview Avenue at peak rush hours have to resemble a “dodge-em car” pavilion at an amusement park?
To this end,CFFC and PEC recently invited Fauquier Board of Supervisor Members, Planning Commissioners, County Staff, and local VDOT engineers to an Access Management Seminar, held at Vint Hill, and led by a nationally recognized traffic engineer.Our joint objective was to share the latest information on traffic management with Fauquier planners and implementers.
The Federal Highway Administration defines Access Management (AM) as a set of techniques that State and local governments can use to control access to highways, major arterials, and other roadways. The benefits of access management include improved movement of traffic, reduced crashes, and fewer vehicle conflicts. AM encompasses a set of techniques that state and local governments can use to control access to highways, major arterials, and other roadways. These techniques include:
Access Spacing: increasing the distance between traffic signals improves the flow of traffic on major arterials, reduces congestion, and improves air quality for heavily traveled corridors.
Driveway Spacing: Fewer driveways spaced further apart allows for more orderly merging of traffic and presents fewer challenges to drivers.
Safe Turning Lanes: dedicated left- and right-turn, indirect left-turns and U-turns, and roundabouts keep through-traffic flowing. Roundabouts represent an opportunity to reduce an intersection with many conflict points or a severe crash history (T-bone crashes) to one that operates with fewer conflict points and less severe crashes (sideswipes) if they occur.
Median Treatments: two-way left-turn lanes (TWLTL) and nontraversible, raised medians are examples of some of the most effective means to regulate access and reduce crashes.
Right-of-Way Management: as it pertains to R/W reservation for future widenings, good sight distance, access location, and other access-related issues.
Access Management provides an important means of maintaining mobility. It calls for effective ingress and egress to a facility, efficient spacing and design to preserve the functional integrity, and overall operational viability of street and road systems.
Be assured that CFFC will continue to sponsor thoughtful dialogue between our county officials and experts in conservation, historic preservation, land use, and transportation.