Monday, February 3, 2014

Falls Church City Comment Box: #641. Traffic

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Date Submitted:10/22/2013 6:28:09 PM
Status:Closed (10/23/2013 12:45:13 PM)
Location (if any):Route 7 between I-66 and West street in Falls Church.
Details:I recently moved back to Falls Church after living here 13 years ago. I'm disappointed to see that the traffic issues on route 7 between I-66 and Washington have not been resolved. I'm not sure how people put up with a 20-30 minute travel time (during and around rush hour) through falls church on Rt. 7 just to go a bit over 3 miles! Are the lights timed and/or coordinated in any way? It seems in particular the Route 7/Shreve/Haycock light conflicts with the Route 7/Birch light. EX: When route 7 traffic headed east gets a green light, they have no where to go because traffic is still backed up from the red light at Birch. A similar situation occurs between Birch and West streets on Rt.7. Also, the reverse - Going west on Route 7, traffic severely backs up at the Shreve/Hayock light due to poor traffic signal timing. I'm not a traffic engineer, but it seems the side street lights are too long, and route 7's cycle is too short, based on the gridlock that occurs on Rt.7 between light cycles. Check out google maps traffic - it's pretty consistent on a daily basis! Any thoughts on having local PD direct that intersection during rush hour - it's worse than most intersections in DC! And based on my property taxes, Falls Church can most definitely afford it!
Submission Updates
Date of Update:10/23/2013 12:43:25 PM
Update Type:Message from CFC
Details:Thank you for your submission. The city's traffic lights from Seven Corners to Birch are synched. The light at the Haycock/Shreve intersection is VDOT controlled since it's in Fairfax County.

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