(2003 – present)

Client: Federal Highway Administration

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a new way of 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.

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. This new approach considers the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist. Rather than a community adapting to a road, a road should adapt to the community it passes through.

The website is the most comprehensive resource on CSS available to state and local transportation agencies and practitioners, and to community stakeholders (including elected officials, regional and local agencies, key NGO partners, citizens, business and property owners). The goal is to promote communication, information sharing, and participation by all the stakeholders in transportation projects.

This Clearinghouse contains built examples of successful 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 the resources of the center easily accessible to our visitors including interactive and customized information; discussion forums of self-organized user groups to facilitate communication and collaboration; and an online newsletter that summarizes new developments in CSS policy, training and practice.

To access the resource center online, please visit www.contextsensitivesolutions.org .

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