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Context-Sensitive Design: Will the Vision Overcome Liability Concerns?

[CSS/CSD] "is a process that results in a transportation project reflecting community consensus on purpose and need, with project features addressing equally safety, mobility, and preservation of scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources. It involves policy judgments in the balancing of competing interests. "There has continually surfaced a nagging concern, even fear, that increased exposure to tort liability would result should design standards or guidelines be "flexed" because it would mean compromising safety. This lecture addresses this liability concern together with the challenge of balancing safety with other considerations in the design process." [CSS/CSD] "is a process that results in a transportation project reflecting community consensus on purpose and need, with project features addressing equally safety, mobility, and preservation of scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources. It involves policy judgments in the balancing of competing interests. "There has continually surfaced a nagging concern, even fear, that increased exposure to tort liability would result should design standards or guidelines be "flexed" because it would mean compromising safety. This lecture addresses this liability concern together with the challenge of balancing safety with other considerations in the design process."

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