Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

What is Traffic Calming?

Traffic calming is a procedure designed to improve quality of life and increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by reducing motor vehicle speeds and/or volumes.

The traffic calming toolbox includes a wide range of measures. This includes informational measures, such as education and signage. It also includes physical measures, such as speed humps and curb extensions

How Was the Neighborhood Traffic Program Developed?

The City has had a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program as far back as 2005. The City has updated the Program twice, first in November 2011 and more recently in February 2015. Each update is designed to improve program effectiveness and efficiency.

How Can My Neighborhood Apply for Traffic Calming?

Information regarding the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is available in the Program Handbook. For more information about the Program or to submit an application, contact Jeff Sikes, 703-248-5296 (TTY 711).

In short, the steps are:
  1. Contact the City's Neighborhood Traffic Calming program coordinator, Jeff Sikes, via email or 703-248-5296 (TTY 711).
  2. After speaking with the community member, the City will determine the study area for the request.
  3. Staff will then determine with the request can be handled administratively or if it needs to go through a public engagement process.
  4. If a larger process is required, the community member will then distribute a petition in the study area to ensure that there is neighborhood support. The petition will also ask for volunteers for the project working group.
  5. Once 51% of the study area (as determined by the City) has signed the petition, City staff will collect data like vehicle volume, vehicle speed, on-street parking utilization, and sight distance limitations.
  6. City staff will then assign priority using metrics.
  7. The Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation will assign a queue to the case and whether the case can be addressed by light solutions (lane painting, signage, etc.) or heavy solutions (speed humps, curb extensions, etc.).

Active and Pending Cases

City staff often has more requests for traffic calming then it can handle. In order to ensure cases are handled in a reasonable amount of time, the Program generally limits the number of active cases to two at a time. Additional requests are placed in queue according to need (defined in the Program). Below is a list of active and pending cases. This information last updated October 15, 2019.

Completed Cases

Completed Cases Request Received Case Completed
Lincoln Avenue
(from Great Falls Street to the City line)
January 2017 Light Solutions, 
Summer 2018
Lincoln Avenue
(from N. West Street to Great Falls Street)
January 2017 Light Solutions,
Summer 2018
N. Maple Avenue May 2015 July 2018
Pennsylvania Avenue June 2013 August 2016
Parker Avenue & Kent Street February 2013 October 2015
  June 2013 August 2016

Active Cases

Active Cases Request Received Resolution Expected By
W. Annandale Road
and Gundry Drive
January 2017 Heavy Solutions:
Fall 2019
N. West Street January 2017 Light Solutions, October 2019
Little Falls Street and
Great Falls Street
March 2015 (Little Falls)
and July 2015 (Great Falls)
Heavy Solutions (if selected), Winter 2019

Queued Cases

Queued Cases History and Status Priority
W. Greenway Boulevard Request received April 2017. 
Petition distributed to neighborhood May 2017. 
Petition completed by neighborhood June 2017. 
Data collected June 2018. 
Case priority assessed per program guidelines July 2018. 
W. Jefferson Street Request received August 2017.
Petition distributed October 2017. 
Petition completed November 2017. 
Data collected June 2018. 
Case priority assessed per program guidelines July 2018. 
N. Cherry Street

Petition distributed to neighborhood March 2015.
​Petition completed by neighborhood April 2015.
​Data collected June 2015.
​Case priority assessed per program guidelines Sept. 2015

​Replaced existing rubber speed humps with asphalt speed humps.

S. West Street Petition distributed to neighborhood June 2015​
​ Petition completed by neighborhood July 2015​
Data collected May 2016 ​
​Case priority assessed per program guidelines August 2016
Grove Avenue Petition distributed to neighborhood May 2015
Petition completed by neighborhood August 2015
Data collected December 2015
Case priority assessed per program guidelines August 2016

Speed humps to be installed and the intersections of
W&OD Trail & Grove Ave and W&OD Trail & N West St to be updated as part of Founders Row project.
N. Oak Street Request received: November 2016
​Petition distribution: February 2017
​Petition completed: March 2017
​Data collected: April 2017
​Case priority assessed per program guidelines: May 2017
Noland Street Request Received: January 2017
​​Petition Distributed: February 2017
​Data Collection: October 2017
Case Priority Assessment: November 2017

Cases with Active Petitions

Cases with Active Petitions History and Status
E. Columbia St Request Received: August 2017
​Petition Distributed: August 2017
Jackson St Request Received: July 2016
​​Petition Distributed: July 2016
​​Petition Revised: December 2016
S Lee St Request Received: January 2017
​Petition Distributed: February 2017
W Marshall St Request Received: September 2015
​​Petition Distributed: November 2015
S Oak St Request Received: March 2017
​Petition Distributed: March 2017
S Spring St Request Received: November 2014
​​Petition Distributed: April 2015
N Virginia Ave Request Received: January 2016
​Petition Distributed: February 2016