Lessons Learned: Other State DOTs

List of seven state DOTs that the FHWA has identified as "pilot states implementing CSSD; includes brief synopses of the CSSD work each state is doing.

Other US Department of Transportations (DOT) and Local Governments


The Federal Highway Administration has identified the following seven states as "pilot states" implementing Context Sensitive Street Design:


Connecticut: The Connecticut Department of Transportation has promoted context sensitive design through statewide awareness training, training courses for its managers, and development of an ongoing training course for engineers through collaboration with the University of Connecticut's Engineering Department.


Kentucky - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has held extensive training workshops in context sensitive design. These workshops are geared toward all participants in the project development phases.


Maryland - The Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration has developed a "Thinking Beyond the Pavement" strategic plan to guide implementation, conducted charettes to identify project development process strengths, designed a project evaluation instrument, and established teams to review and implement project improvement strategies.


Minnesota - The Minnesota Department of Transportation is incorporating context sensitive design into all aspects of transportation project development—planning, design, construction, and operations. Through new policies, extensive research, and training programs, Minnesota has developed many implementation resources, including the use of visualization technologies to support CSD.


Utah - The Utah Department of Transportation is developing a comprehensive approach to implementation of context sensitive design. Focused on community outreach and project development, Utah's initiative includes assessment of stakeholder attitudes and internal practices, an implementation and staff training plan, and post-implementation assessment.


New Jersey - The New Jersey Department of Transportation has implemented a training program for highway engineers and other transportation professionals, along with stakeholders in New Jersey host communities, to ensure Context Sensitive Design awareness. This program emphasizes the use of effective public involvement techniques, implementation of design flexibility, and introducing the concept and importance of "Placemaking."


Vermont - The Vermont Agency of Transportation, in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council and the Village of Danville, VT, has embarked on a multiyear CSD pilot project to integrate artistic enhancements in the redevelopment of a portion of US 2 through the village center. The goal of the project is to provide a safe, attractive, and comfortable pedestrian environment in the village while respecting the form and function of the setting, and enhancing the aesthetic appreciation of the historic, rural townscape, and still provide for the mobility needs of this NHS facility.

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