November 2006

Welcome to the November 2006 edition of the newsletter! This newsletter will keep you informed of updates to the website as well as other CSS-related news & information.

In This Issue:

AASHTO Announces Winners of "Best Practices in CSS" Competition

Transportation projects and programs from five states were recognized on October 28 for best practices in context sensitive solutions at the AASHTO annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Winning projects and programs were recognized from Montana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington State. Applicants from four additional states -- Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, and Kentucky -- were selected as notable practices. Read More >>

CSS Case Study of the Month: Absarokee, Montana's Woodard Avenue

In the initial installment of this new CSS newsletter feature, we profile the winner of the AASHTO CSS competition's "Small Urban or Rural" category. From the competition report: "Montana Department of Transportation's Woodard Avenue project was heralded in the local media as a 'Small Town Makeover,' and local officials said it 'completely transformed the community,' addressing long-standing safety concerns, giving citizens better access to businesses, and improving water infrastructure. The project made the town a better place to visit and a better place to live." Read More >>

New Features on Easy Content Contribution and Google Maps

Now it is easier than ever to contribute to With a new "What You See is What You Get" submission form, you can contribute your research, case studies, and other content without having to use any HTML code. Just go to the Contribute Content page, select the type of content you wish to add, and fill out the easy-to-use form. You can compose the body of your contribution with a user-friendly interface similar to MS Word.

We are also debuting a feature on State Profiles and Case Studies: Site visitors can now use an embedded Google Map to link to all nearby case studies and contacts. For an example of the map in action, view the Michigan State Profile. Think there should be more case studies in your state? We welcome your contributions!

AASHTO Task Force Develops Strategic Goals for CSS

The AASHTO Context Sensitive Solutions Task Force met October 26 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting was to develop national goals for state DOT implementation of CSS and to explore AASHTO's role in support of these goals. Read More >>

CSS Pilot State Minnesota Bridges from Training and Advocacy to Award Winning Outcomes

For the third consecutive time, the FHWA recognized more projects in Minnesota (10) than any other state in its Excellence in Highway Design Awards program. FHWA conducts the awards program biennially to recognize outstanding initiatives and examples of innovative approaches to design and the development of context sensitive highway solutions. The 2006 FHWA awards numbered 60 across 11 categories. Read the complete report on the award winners >>

Materials from CSS Peer Exchange Now Available

Presentations from the September AASHTO/FHWA CSS Peer Exchange are now available online. Over 250 people from 41 states attended the event, including several state DOT commissioners. The online materials and presentations discuss how to incorporate CSS principles as standard practice in transportation planning, including several case studies of successful implementation. Read More >>

Come to the TRB 86th Annual Meeting - January 21-25, 2007

The TRB Annual Meeting, held in Washington DC, will feature several sessions sponsored by the AFB50T Task Force on Context Sensitive Design & Solutions, including three CSS workshops, six paper presentation sessions, nineteen individual paper presentations, plus the CSD&S Task Force Meeting (friends and guests are always welcome). Read More >>

Website: Access to Destinations

"Access to Destinations" is an interdisciplinary research and outreach effort coordinated by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, with support from sponsors including the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, and the Metropolitan Council. By focusing on accessibility--rather than simple congestion measures--the Access to Destinations Study aims to produce a more complete and meaningful picture of transportation and its role in our lives. Read More >>

Virginia DOT Issues CSS Policy Statement

In August, VDOT issued a memorandum on Context Senstive Solutions. The statement includes information on VDOT's committment to CSS, including:

  • Public involvement
  • Environmental programs
  • Project design and development


International Perspectives on Urban Street Design: Proceedings of the Context-Sensitive Design Workshop

These papers from the 84th TRB Annual Meeting explore street design in small European towns; context-sensitive design aspects of arterial streets in Berlin, Germany; and issues relative to historic sites such as Stonehenge in the United Kingdom. The report also includes highlights from a roundtable discussion that followed the paper presentations. Read More >>

Announcements and Upcoming Events

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