The study was called for and funded by the General Assembly, and was prepared with the assistance of Draper Aden Associates, Alternative Street Design and Community Partners.
The team analyzed present conditions (traffic volume, accident rates, historic resources, adopted plans) looked at anticipated future conditions, and offered a series of alternative concepts.
On behalf of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) retained the consulting team to develop traffic calming measures that will promote the safer flow of traffic along Hunter Mill Road while enhancing the road's historic and cultural features.
Some of the measures considered included:
- historic signage/education
- trails separated from the roadway for walkers/joggers, cyclists, and horses
- innovative treatments for crosswalks at road and trail intersections
The study was coordinated with Fairfax County leadership and staff and with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A community public meeting with almost 200 participants was held on May 24, 2006 in Oakton, VA. "Residents' input is important," said Linda Smyth, Fairfax County Supervisor, Providence District. "We are looking for solutions to meet the transportation improvement needs of the Hunter Mill Road corridor while maintaining the truly unique, historic and scenic character of the road."
Hunter Mill Road is a rolling, scenic 7.2 mile minor arterial, which is designated as a Virginia Byway and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks register -- one of only a few such roads in Fairfax County. The road connects Route 123 at its southern end with Baron Cameron at its north end and crosses the Providence, Sully, Hunter Mill and Dranesville supervisor districts of Fairfax County.
Residents from each of the four districts, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, form the Hunter Mill Road Traffic Calming Committee, which advised NVRC on this study.