Context Sensitive Solutions are routinely sought during the Department's preliminary evaluation of projects. The Environmental Division's primary function centers on gaining environmental clearances from state and federal agencies with various jurisdictions. Being sensitive to the natural and human environment is currently the norm. Our project development process involves bringing together all of the stakeholders to insure that all of the conceivable alternatives are considered. MDOT is committed to being environmentally sensitive and the Department's Mission Statement reflects this commitment in all phases of its numerous functions. In every endeavor undertaken during the most recent years, a degree of context sensitivity has been employed in pursuit of solutions having a consensus of approval.
Claiborne Barnwell Environmental/Location Division Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) (601) 359-7920
MDOT has changed its official department policy to reflect CSS. The Departments Mission Statement: The Mississippi Department of Transportation is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed, and maintained in an effective, cost efficient, and environmentally sensitive manner.
Other Public Involvement Techniques:
It is routine policy on environmental studies to meet with public officials and resource agencies at the earliest stage possible. Community advisory panels are utilized on projects when appropriate. Great effort is made to reach the public at large as well as the 'under-served' to make as many aware of meetings as possible. Our general policy is to hold public meetings as required throughout the study process in addition to the required public hearing. Creative venues for educating the public about our process are being implemented including grade school activity books, book marks, and other material to get the entire family involved.
Between 80 and 300 Project Development, Design, Construction and Maintenance crew members will be trained by CH2MHILL and Tim Newman.