About this Site

Welcome to the Context Sensitive Solutions Clearinghouse!

Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility. CSS is an approach that considers the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist.

CSS is a highly effective approach to planning and designing streets, roads and highways so that they are more sensitive to the communities and lands through which they travel. CSS recognizes that transportation projects can be an asset for communities and enhance the environment.

This Clearinghouse contains built examples of CSS projects, case studies, cutting-edge research, information, and policy documents. It addresses a broad range of issues, including design standards, liability, stakeholder involvement and new techniques in transportation problem-solving. A variety of support tools are available to make these resources easily accessible to our visitors including interactive and customized information; discussion forums of self-organized user groups to facilitate communication and collaboration; and an on-line newsletter that summarizes new developments in CSS policy, training and practice.

Who is this Clearinghouse for?

While this site seeks to be a resource for state and local transportation agencies and practitioners, community stakeholders (elected officials, regional and local agencies, key NGO partners, citizens, business and property owners) will find useful information here as well. Our goal is to promote communication, information sharing, and participation by all the stakeholders in transportation projects.


This Clearinghouse has been funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP). 

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in collaboration with Scenic America developed this web site in partnership with:

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