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.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) uses Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) approach in all of its transportation projects. DDOT’s context sensitive approach extends from extended public involvement to preserving the historic character of the District, from avoiding adverse impacts on the natural parklands to enhancing multi-modal transportation options in every transportation project. DDOT has a long history of extended community involvement. DDOT’s public involvement process starts at the project-scoping stage and continues through completion of construction. For public involvement many resources such as print media, electronic media, community events, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC), and schools are used. In one of our recent projects DDOT hand-delivered more than 300 letters to area residents about the transportation project in their neighborhood. DDOT has successfully completed the CSS training for its key personnel by offering in house as well as trainings through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
DDOT has a long history of extended community involvement and DDOT's Context Sensitive Design will also ensure extended community involvement. DDOT's public involvement process starts public involvement from the project scoping stage and continues until the completion of construction of the project. For public involvement many resources such as print media, electronic media, community events, Area Neighborhood Councils (ANC), and schools are used. In one of our recent projects DDOT hand-delivered more than 300 letters to area residents about the transportation project in their neighborhood.
CSS Projects (in addition to those listed as Case Studies on this site):
DDOT successfully completed the CSD training of its first group of 40 key personnel. This training was conducted by FHWA. The DDOT personnel who attended this training included design engineers, planners, community specialists, projects managers, and program managers. Currently DDOT is working with FHWA to train more personnel.