Welcome to the Context Sensitive Solutions on-line resource center!
Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach
that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits
its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental
resources, while maintaining safety and mobility. CSS is an approach that considers
the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist.
CSS is a new way of planning and designing streets, roads and highways so that
they are more sensitive to the communities and lands through which they travel.
CSS recognizes that transportation projects can be an asset for communities
and enhance the environment.
This Resource Center contains built examples of CSS projects, case studies,
cutting-edge research, information, and policy documents. It addresses a broad
range of issues, including design standards, liability, stakeholder involvement
and new techniques in transportation problem-solving. A variety of support tools
are available to make the resources of the center easily accessible to our visitors
including interactive and customized information; discussion forums of self-organized
user groups to facilitate communication and collaboration; and an on-line newsletter
that summarizes new developments in CSS policy, training and practice.
Who is this Center for?
While this site seeks to be a resource for state and local transportation agencies
and practitioners, community stakeholders (elected officials, regional and local
agencies, key NGO partners, citizens, business and property owners) will find
useful information here as well. Our goal is to promote communication, information
sharing, and participation by all the stakeholders in transportation projects.