Delaware Byways CSS Workshop: Presentations and Resources

On September 13th, 2011, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) held a workshop for their Personnel, Communities, Consultants and Organizations involved in the Delaware Byways Program. This workshop was made possible by the DelDOT, Delaware Greenways, and FHWA through their CSS Champions Program.

This workshop launched DelDOT's new Manual: Context Sensitive Solutions for Delaware Byways. It brought speakers from around the United States to highlight the various challenges and successes faced in applying Context Sensitive Solutions. Presenters also highlighted the Delaware's Byways, CSS applications on Delaware Byways and other roadways, and potential strategies for meeting these challenges.

Below are the workshop presentations.

This workshop was supported by the CSS Champions Technical Assistance Program. This program provides resources to agencies that are championing CSS principles in projects that are at critical junctures in the project development process (PDP). This technical assistance program is made possible by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP).

As a part of FHWA's CSS Champions Program, a summary report of this workshop and a second day hands-on workshop held in New Castle, Delaware on September 14th will be available in the coming months. Please check back soon! If you attended the workshop, you will receive a notification when these additional resources are available.


Workshop Agenda




Finding Common Ground Through Context Discovery – Leigh Lane (Center for Transportation and the Environment at North Carolina State)

  • What is context and how does it relate to quality of life considerations and community values?
  • How can we measure our success in reflecting community context through transportation investment?
  • What does a context sensitive decision-making process look like and why is collaborative partnership a key ingredient?


Delivering on the Promise – Yes We Can




Elements of Context Sensitive Design - Billy Hattaway (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., formerly FL DOT)

  • You have Permission – Flexible Design
  • Design Exceptions – the Monsters under the bed?
  • Creating a "Complete Street" Design/Solution for Delaware Byways


Putting it all Together: Upside Down Design + Planning for Transportation - Gary Toth (Project for Public Spaces)

  • "Upside-Down" Design
  • Finding the future in the Corridor Management Plan
  • Can We Imagine Designing to a Target Speed?


Closing Remarks - Ralph Reeb (DelDOT)

  • Next Steps,
  • Topics Needing Additional Attention
  • Future Training and Workshops


Additional Resources from presenters

Below are some additional resources and links that the presenters have shared to supplement their presentations.

From Ralph Reeb

From Leigh Lane, CTE

  • The Context & Quality of Life diagram.
  • Performance measure's database: Context tools database created by NC State Center for Transportation and the Environment and the Louis Berger Group for National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).
  • Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road to Results. Pew Center for the States and Rockefeller Foundation report on the performance and returns on transportation investment in the 50 states.
  • Route 50 CSS Case Study Video of discussing the language we use: this will be made available on the website shortly.

From Carol Trupi, DelDOT

From Nick Blendy, FHWA

Further Reading:

PDF Icon    Description and History of the DE Byways Program (Cantalupo)

PDF Icon    Finding Common Ground Through Context Discovery (Lane)

PDF Icon    Why Scenic Byways and Finding the Context in The Corridor Management Plan (Truppi)

PDF Icon    A Citizen’s Perspective on Context and Community Values (Cannon)

PDF Icon    Examining the Success of a Delaware Project (Niezgoda)

PDF Icon    Byways, Livability, and Sustainability (Blendy)

PDF Icon    Elements of Context Sensitive Design (Hattaway)

PDF Icon    Putting it all Together: Upside Down Design + Planning for Transportation (Toth)

Page Icon    Image from Delaware Byways CSS Workshop

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