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.


This Resource Center was created by Project for Public Spaces in collaboration with Scenic America to assist the Federal Highway Administration in accomplishing one of its Vital Few Strategies - the integration of context sensitive solutions (CSS) into project planning, development, and implementation in all 50 states by September 2007.

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