Neighborhood Traffic Programs

Since the late 1980s, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been concerned with neighborhood traffic problems in the commonwealth.


VDOT offers five options under the umbrella of a Residential Traffic Management Program, to assist localities in solving traffic problems in their neighborhoods and subdivisions.

Neighborhoods, through their local governing bodies, are encouraged utilize these tools to address traffic problems on their streets and highways.

The Restricting Through Trucks on Secondary Highways Program, originally adopted in September 1988 and revised in October, 2003, provides for the restriction of through trucks on any part of a secondary or primary highway meeting certain criteria, in response to a formal request by a local governing body. Details

The Control of Residential Cut-Through Traffic Program, adopted in March 1989 and most recently revised in May 1996, provides that “VDOT will recognize the problems associated with residential cut-through traffic and implement appropriate measures wherever possible.” Details

Watch for Children Sign Program: Pursuant to a 2012 amendment to the Code of Virginia regarding the installation and maintenance of “signs alerting motorists that children may be at play nearby," VDOT implemented new procedures, effective July 1, 2012, that provides for counties and towns to enter into an agreement with VDOT to install “Watch for Children” signs. Details

Additional $200 Speeding Fine Program: The Commonwealth Transportation Board enacted a policy on June 17, 1999, that allows local governing bodies to formally request signs indicating additional fines may apply for exceeding the speed limit in certain residence districts. The maximum additional fine is $200, in addition to other penalties provided by law. Details

Traffic Calming Program VDOT adopted policies and procedures in June 2001 for traffic calming on local residential streets. The program provides communities with a traffic management tool to slow traffic on local streets without restricting access to subdivisions or residential neighborhoods.  Details

For further information contact your local VDOT office.




Page last modified: March 17, 2014