Context Sensitive Solutions Primer

As citizens' expectations for transportation projects have risen, so too has awareness of community needs among transportation planners and roadway designers. The question now becomes, "how do we create projects that are broadly supported and meet a range of needs?" The collaborative Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) approach is an answer to that question. With the CSS appraoch, interdisciplinary teams work with public and agency stakeholders to tailor solutions to the setting; preserve scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources; and maintain safety and mobility. The goal of FHWA's CSS program is to deliver a program of transportation projects that is responsive to the unique character of the communities it serves. In short, CSS supports livable communities and sustainable transportation.

Flowchart showing the old way of developing transporation projects Flowchart showing the old way of developing transporation projects

Community leaders, elected officials, managers, and transportation practitioners will find in this primer the information needed to develop a deeper understanding of the context sensitive approach. The purpose of this primer is to highlight the value of the CSS approach and identify practical ways in which agencies can incorporate CSS principles.

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