March 2006

Welcome to the second edition of the newsletter! This newsletter will keep you informed of updates to the website as well other CSS-related news & information.

In This Issue:

  • Context Sensitive Solutions οΎ… Alive and Well?
    By Scott Bradley, TRB CSD&S Task Force Chair
  • ITE Spring Conference, San Antonio March 19-22
    CSS Sessions, CSS in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities
  • New CSS Resources
    • Eco-logical online resource
    • CSS & Planning Q&A's
    • Roadway Construction Noise Model
    • Roadway Surfacing Selection Guide
  • Discussion Topic: Innovative Mitigation/Financing Plans

Lead Story: Context Sensitive Solutions...Alive and Well?

Scott Bradley is often asked the question, are transportation agencies making progress with CSS? His answer calls for patience in incremental change, while at the same time picking-up the pace in building our CSS capacity.

Read see the 2005 status report from the TRB Task Force.

This month: ITE Spring Conference, March 19-22 in San Antonio, TX

The ITE Technical Conference will provide a forum to discuss Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities, a report being developed and to be published in 2006 as an ITE proposed recommended practice.

Read more...and get information on CSS-related conference sessions

New CSS Resources

We are very pleased to announce the following new CSS resources released by FHWA:

Q&A's for CSS and Transportation Planning

These Frequently Asked Questions and Answers have been developed to highlight several illustrative approaches, techniques, and practical application examples for reflecting CSS considerations in transportation planning.

Eco-logical online resource

Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects is a new publication that presents a non-prescriptive conceptual framework for integrating infrastructure development and ecosystem conservation to harmonize economic, environmental, and social needs and objectives.

Roadway Construction Noise Model

The FHWA Roadway Construction Noise Model (FHWA RCNM) Version 1.0 is a Windows-based program that has been developed to assist in analyzing construction noise and addressing community concerns in order to maintain project schedules.

CSS Roadway Surface Guide

The Context Sensitive Roadway Surfacing Selection Guide documents the available options for roadway surfacings, and provides a decision-making process to allow consideration of functionality, performance, durability, safety, life-cycle costs, as well as aesthetics and environmental impacts.

Call for Examples / Discussion Topic

Resource Library Project

If your State has a great CSS or community impact mitigation case study, other States want to know precisely how you accomplished it. Who were the key partners? Were there questions about eligibility for federal funds that you had to work out? Did you share the responsibilities with another jurisdiction?

Innovative solutions to transportation problems, community impact mitigation and enhancement efforts often involve a multi-layered and complex process of dialog, negotiation and formal agreements identify to roles, responsibilities and funding partnerships. Please help us build a resource library of sample mitigation plans; appropriate chapters/commitments from the EA/FONSI or EIS/ROD; technical, cooperative and maintenance agreements; MOA; MOU; and contract documents that delineate tasks, specifications, partnerships, funding sources, etc.

If you have information or examples you would like to share, please contribute to the discussion forum or contact K. Lynn Berry, FHWA Resource Center -- 404-895-6212 or

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