In 2006, TDOT held 2 hour Context Sensitive Solutions Awareness Sessions to introduce the concept to over 700 employees throughout the state. In 2006-7, TDOT developed a 2-Day CSS Overview Training. This course on Context Sensitive Solutions was developed by an interdisciplinary team of TDOT professionals. Because many comparable CSS courses were consulted in the development of the material, this course offers you the “best of the best” with a Tennessee perspective. It not only offers an understanding of the principles and concepts of CSS, but also how it fits within the project development process at TDOT. Although this training is still being taught, it has been delivered to over 230 people, including TDOT employees, consultants, and other partners.
Staff from our project management office, planning, design, community relations, and Environment and Planning offices have been trained through a one-time training opportunity from FHWA by the University of Kentucky (UK). On a specific project, training was provided by UK for the citizens on the project resource team as well as team-building training.
In the future, we hope to first train designers and planners, then to train a cross-section of everyone within the department that deal with projects in some form or another (maintenance to engineers to community relations).
There have been fewer than 50 trained currently including staff from TDOT, FHWA, and consultants. We hope to train many more in the future. We also hope to train consultants through our program with the University of Kentucky.