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Draft Plan - Fauquier County

Draft Plan - Fauquier County

Overall Roadway Concept

Overall Roadway Concept The roadway sections north of Route 605 and south of the Prince William County line are recommended to be designed as a rural parkway with limited median openings, traffic signals and driveways that meet VDOT’s access management criteria. The concept of a rural roadway would be consistent with the Prince William County goals for the Buckland area, located just north. In the New Baltimore area, the roadway should transition into an area where the drivers are aware of a sense of community and the concept that they are in a section of the corridor with more land use activity and where lower speeds are appropriate. Context Sensitive Solutions and Prudent and Feasible Alternatives Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is an approach to develop and redesign transportation facilities that fit into their physical and human environment and preserve the scenic, aesthetic, and historic community and natural environment, while maintaining safety and mobility. CSS considers the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist. The Route 15/29 corridor has been rated as “the most threatened stretch” of the 180-mile Journey Through Hallowed Ground Corridor. Therefore the recommended designs and improvements propose context sensitive solutions that protect and consider viewsheds, battlefield areas, and appropriate landscaping. An extremely sensitive area in the corridor is the Buckland Races Battlefield located in the northern portion of the corridor and into Prince William County. Throughout the process of developing transportation improvements for the Battlefield area, one of the chief considerations was to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the adverse impacts to the historic battlefield environment. In order to avoid and minimize the impact to the Battlefield, a Continuous Green T Intersection (see discussion on page __) is proposed at the Route 29/215 intersection located within it. ((ADD SKETCH OF GREEN T)) Reduction in Corridor Speeds A reduction in the speed from 60 mph to 45 mph in the corridor would have several benefits. With lower speeds many of the design standards would change. For example, the required clear zone distances would be reduced and additional landscaping would be possible. The lower speeds would require shorter sight and stopping distances thus reducing the potential for rear-end collisions, which is especially problematic at the Vint Hill Road intersection with Route 15/29. Adopted April 12, 2007, Revised October 8, 2009, Draft Revisions March 1, 2013 58

Several recommended improvements such as roundabouts would lower the overall speed. Additionally, lower speeds would allow for mountable curbs in the median areas that would encourage traffic calming. Future Traffic Forecasts The most recent traffic counts (2011) in the study corridor show approximately 45,000 average daily trips along Route 15/29 south of Vint Hill Road and approximately 49,000 average daily trips north of Vint Hill Road. About 4% of the traffic is truck traffic. The traffic volumes along Route 15/29 have experienced a moderate rate of increase over the most recent four year period. In 2008 the average daily trips were recorded as 43,000 south of Vint Hill Road and 48,000 north of Vint Hill Road. Thus, the growth in traffic has been approximately 1% per year south of Vint Hill Road and .5% per year north of Vint Hill Road. Based on recent travel demand modeling projections, the year 2035 average daily traffic volumes are projected to be approximately 52,500 vehicle trips per day south of Vint Hill Road and 55,500 north of Vint Hill Road, which represents a continued trend of less than 1% per year in traffic growth. These future traffic forecasts are critical when determining the type and effectiveness of Route 29 corridor improvements. The forecasts developed through the County’s travel demand modeling are significantly lower than those presented in the VDOT Route 29 Corridor Study, which indicated that Route 29 could grow to 75,000 – 80,000 average daily trips (ADT) by 2030. Corridor Principles ADT South of Vint Hill Road In the identification and development of Route 15/29 transportation improvement concepts, certain principles and objectives were considered. These principles include: a. Maintain or improve upon the existing levels of service and minimize future increases in travel delay. b. Improve safety and reduce the crash rate. c. Maintain the corridor as a four-lane rural parkway. d. Incorporate innovative at-grade intersections rather than grade separation interchanges. e. Design transition areas and corridor improvements that promote an urban node for the New Baltimore commercial area. Adopted April 12, 2007, Revised October 8, 2009, Draft Revisions March 1, 2013 59 ADT North of Vint Hill Road Growth Growth Year % % 2008 43000 48000 2011 45000 1.14% 49000 0.52% 2035 52500 0.67% 55500 0.54%

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