Last Modified: April 22, 2011

While CSD is not a new concept for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: it was formally incorporated into its procedures in 1999.

CSD involves a commitment to a process that encourages transportation officials to collaborate with community stakeholders so the design of the project reflects the goals of the people who live, work and travel in the area. Such collaboration results in creative and safe transportation solutions.

The Congestion Relief and Transportation Trust Fund Renewal Act signed into law in July 2000, requires the New Jersey Department of Transportation to have a CSD program. NJDOT engineers, planners, project managers and community relations representatives, as well as consultants and community leaders have been trained in its techniques: flexible design, respectful communication, consensus-building and community participation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Residents must develop a formal concept of what they want their towns to look like in five, ten and twenty years. NJDOT can then be a partner in fulfilling that vision and also explain any limits on our delivery of the project so local expectations can be realized.

CSS Contact:

Elkins Green
Director of Environmental Resources 
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Phone: 609-530-8075

CSS Website:

DOT Website:

Policies & Legislation:
CSD Policy (2001)
ユ We will conceive, scope, design and build projects that incorporate design standards, safety measures, environmental stewardship, aesthetics and community sensitive planning and design.
ユ Consider the needs of all road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and neighbors such as residents, and businesses, as well as drivers.
ユ Transportation both shapes the growth of our communities and affects the quality of life statewide, so all future NJDOT projects will strive to improve the overall quality of life in our state; mobility and safety is just part of that picture.

Proactive Roadway Design Policy (2001)
ユ Our designs should result in motorists driving freeways like freeways, arterials like arterials, collectors like collectors, and local streets like local streets;
ユ Designer may include elements that encourage drivers to slow down to speeds appropriate to local conditions; yes this includes traffic calming (below 35 MPH).
ユ Our designs can no longer simply rely on local enforcement to get drivers to behave appropriately.
Other Public Involvement Techniques:
Public Outreach Plan
CSS Projects (in addition to those listed as Case Studies on this site):
1. I-78 thru the Watchung Reservation
2. Route 21 Freeway, Passaic and Clifton:
3. Route 29 Tunnel, Trenton
4. Rt. 28 Westfield Circle, Contact: Snehal Patel, Phone: 609-530-3639
5. Rt. 71 Avon By The Sea, Contact: Robert Werkmeister, Phone: 732-308-4004
6. Rt. 183 in Netcong, Contact: Okey Ilonzo, Phone: 609-530-5269
7. Rt. Tunnel Deck Project, Contact: Robert Cunningham, Phone: 609-530-8075
CSS Training:

Training began in October, 2000,
ユ over 400 DOT, FHWA and NJT employees;
ユ almost 100 of our consultants;
ユ almost 100 of our stakeholders, community members, elected officials, MPOs;
ユ 2 dozen visitors from out of state (FHWA Headquarters, Resource Centers and other state DOTs).
ユ NJDOT is the first agency in the country to actively seek out and include community members and ected officials to take the CSD training side by side with our own staff

ユ Year 3 now underway: an additional 150 to be trained by NTI Rutgers, plus possibly a separate session for NJTPA

CSS Committee:
In 1999 NJDOT formed Context Sensitive Design Implementation Team. CSD-I Team includes representation from:
ユ Project Management
ユ Design
ユ Community Relations
ユ Civil Rights
ユ Legislative Liaison
ユ Planning
ユ Scoping
ユ Construction
ユ Operations and Maintenance
ユ Finance
ユ NJ Transit
Last Modified: April 22, 2011

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