From the minutes of the Monday, April 1 meeting of the Church Hill Central Civic Association:
Tom Flynn, a City of Richmond transportation engineer presented on traffic calming strategies in the neighborhood:
Roundabouts (for example at 25th and M). There are plans to build a roundabout at 25th ST and Nine Mile, with the contract probably issued around December 2013. Initially, there will only be landscaping in the middle, but electrical and water connections will be built in so that a fountain could later be added, if a donor is found to fund this project.
Smaller residential circles (for example, the small circles in the intersection on Marshall St.). The idea behind these is that most people are not comfortable driving around them at 30+ mph, so they keep traffic speeds in the 20-25 mph range, reducing crashes. They also provide a visual reminder of the intersection (and pretty landscaping). Most of these circles are added at citizen request – a citizen or civic group requests a circle, the city investigates the location, and the city moves forward if appropriate (including input from the surrounding blocks). The group discussed possible new circles at Chimborazo and N, down the M St. corridor, along Jefferson, and the 33rd-35th and Broad St. intersections. We’ll send this list to Tom for consideration. There was further discussion on whether these circles do calm traffic, since it seems that some drivers still fly through them and some residents do not know how the yielding works. We’ll be reaching out to RPD to see if there can be some sort of increased enforcement on yielding to help prevent accidents.