Last Modified: November 09, 2006

Iowa continues its efforts to incorporate CSS principles into the project development process. Several CSS training courses have been conducted. Progress has been made in terms of early public involvement on major projects.
Ongoing goals and areas of emphasis:

  • Include more disciplines on project teams
  • Incorporate aesthetics as an integral part of the design process
  • Apply design standards and guidelines with appropriate flexibility
  • Develop an in-house, ongoing training program as a means to further institutionalize CSS.

CSS Contact:

Deanna Maifield
Design Methods Engineer
Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT)
Ames, IA 50010
(515) 239-1402

DOT Website:

Policies & Legislation:
IaDOT policy, PPM 500.02, dated 7-9-02, implements the "Can-Do Process" and CSS. The "Can-Do Process" provides the guidelines for Iowa's project development process and Chapter 4 of the "Can-Do Reference Manual" addresses CSS.
Other Public Involvement Techniques:
IaDOT involves the general public, stakeholders, and agencies early in the development process through partnering and the use of advisory committee meetings.
CSS Projects (in addition to those listed as Case Studies on this site):
  • Hwy 71 Reconstruction - Okoboji, IA
    Contact: Dennis Smith, Urban Design Engineer
    Complicated urban reconstruction project that involved putting together several diverse teams that included representatives from IaDOT, local citizens and citizen groups, contractors, and others to work out controversial issues.
  • Interstate 235, urban freeway reconstruction - Des Moines, IA
    Contact: Marty Sankey, I-235 Project Manager
    Project development considered restrictions within the corridor, impacts to adjacent property owners, and public input regarding aesthetics. Construction of this project is currently underway.
  • Rest Area Replacement Program - statewide
    Contact: Mark Masteller, Chief Landscape Architect
    IaDOT requires consultant design teams to include an artist and landscape architect to develop a theme and site design that tells travelers something about the cultural, historic, or natural resources of the area through which they are traveling. Artwork that tells a story is integrated throughout the site.
  • Hwy 75 Lane Reconfiguration - Sioux Center, IA
    Contact: Tom Welch, State Safety Engineer
    The City requested safety improvements to this 4-lane undivided urban corridor to address pedestrian and vehicular safety concerns. Rather than reconstructing and widening the roadway or individual intersections, a portion of the roadway was re-striped to a 2-lane roadway with a center 2-way left-turn lane.
CSS Training:
Several training courses have been brought in from the outside - Kentucky Department of Transportation and FHWA. Designers, planners, a few construction personnel, and management have been trained so far.
Last Modified: November 09, 2006

Feedback, questions, comments, or problems?

Copyright © 2005 Context Sensitive All rights reserved.
About Us | Site Map | Privacy Policy

United States Department of Transportation - logo
Privacy Policy | Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) | Accessibility | Web Policies & Notices | No Fear Act | Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse | U.S. DOT Home | |

Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000