How to use this site:

Welcome! This website is as an in-depth resource center for Context Sensitive Solutions - it contains compiled readings, contacts, case studies, and images pertaining to different aspects of CSS. There are several ways to access these resources:

Browsing: The topic tree takes you on a guided tour through the different areas of CSS. From each topic, you'll be presented with the most relevant resources (case studies, images, readings, etc.) for that topic. In addition to topics, you can browse the Case Studies and Images sections.

<- Filtering: When viewing lists of images & case studies (and coming soon, readings and people & organizations), you are able to narrow results by "filtering" based on selected criteria. For example, when viewing case studies, you can filter by Physical Setting, Design Element, CSS Context, State, etc. Your filter options are located on the right side of the list page.

Clicking Attributes: ->
In addition to using filtering to narrow your results, you can click on any highlighted attributes to see more items (case studies, images, readings, etc.) that share that attribute. For example, when looking at a case study, you can click any of the design elements to see a list of other case studies that use that element. Any attribute that is lit up in blue is clickable.
Searching: You may also search our databases directly. The most straightforward approach is to use the basic keyword search box, at the top of each page. You may also search specifically for certain types of content, using the custom search areas on the homepage.

The Resource Bank: When you're viewing a topic or searching by keyword, all the relevant content on the site can be accessed by clicking on the Resource Bank on the left margin. The numbers in parentheses show the total number of relevant results.

The Resource Bank is organized by type of content:

  • Reading & Tools: books, articles, papers, presentations, charts & diagrams
  • CSS Network: people & organizations involved in CSS
  • Case Studies: full and “mini” case studies of CSS in practice
  • Images: photographs of places & elements relevant to CSS
  • Topics: from the topic tree

What does "soft launch" mean?

In its current state, the site is fully functional for browsing topics and keyword searching; it also has a large number of documents, case studies, and images in its databases. (For more information on how to use the site, see Getting Started)

In the first few weeks after soft launch we will be adding significant number of resources to the site, as we transfer entries from the temporary databases we’ve been using since December to the final site. Over the next 6 months, we’ll be working hard to expand and refine the site’s features and content base, based on the Working Group’s input.

As the site is being developed, there’s still the possibility of unforeseen bugs in the display or rough patches in the content – please bear with us in these cases and know that we expect such things at this point in the process. On the other hand, it would help us if you sent us an email pointing out those bugs, along with your feedback on usability, features, design, and content. Your feedback is crucial to the successful development of the site, so don’t be shy. Click here to send feedback.

Other features to look forward to as the site grows:

  • State Profiles: Based on DOT questionairres sent out in February 2004. See a sample
  • News & Events: CSS news, nationwide
  • Advanced searching: more targeted searching, especially for case studies. Find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Toolbox: Save items in your “toolbox” as you navigate the site. Use it to keep track of readings, case studies, and images that you’ll want to save for next time.
  • User contributions: Discussion forums and features to permit user-contributed content will help keep the site fresh with new information, experiences, and activity. In most cases, user contributions will be sent to us for review so that we can decide if it should be posted on the site or not. We will work with FHWA to develop a set of criteria to make these decisions.


In order to improve the site’s usability, plan new features, and track down any lingering bugs, we look forward to your feedback as the initial users. If, as you use the site, you come across anything you like, hate, or find confusing, please let us know. A few things to look out for:

  • Usability and Design: are things where you'd expect them to be? Is it easy to move through the site? Are there times where you lose your place or can't find what you're looking for?
  • Features: what else do you find yourself wanting to do here, that you currently can't?
  • Quality Control: We are in the process of adding to and refining our data; please inform us of any corrections or additions you may have.

To send feedback:

  • From any page, click on the button to send your feedback for that page.

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