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Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)


What is CSS?

"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." -- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 

Purpose of this Web site

The Web site has been developed to help practitioners with tools and information that are easily available for download. Links below allow you to download two key CSS report along with several ancillary materials.  The two publications highlighted on this Web site include:

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach: An ITE Recommended Practice - 2010

Integration of Safety in the Project Development Process and Beyond: A Context Sensitive Approach2015

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach

The ITE Recommended Practice, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach, advances the successful use of context sensitive solutions (CSS) in the planning and design of major urban thoroughfares for walkable communities. It provides guidance and demonstrates for practitioners how CSS concepts and principles may be applied in roadway improvement projects that are consistent with their physical settings. The report's chapters are focused on applying the principles of CSS in transportation planning and in the design of roadway improvement projects in places where community objectives support walkable communities-compact development, mixed land uses and support for pedestrians and bicyclists, whether it already exists or is a goal for the future. 

This document was produced in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism. 

The following additional resources posted below are intended to supplement the ITE recommended practice Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach: An ITE Recommended Practice.

Integration of Safety in the Project Development Process and Beyond: A Context Sensitive Approach – 2015
The ITE informational report, Integration of Safety in the Project Development Process and Beyond: A Context Sensitive Approach, builds upon the above referenced  ITE FHWA Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach (RP) and the dialog that was initiated with ITE members in support of advancing the implementation of context sensitive solution (CSS). This report focuses on the consideration of safety in the project development process and its relationship to highway design elements considering project context from a quantitative, substantive, analytical, and technical perspective.

This document was produced in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration. 

The following additional resources posted below are intended to supplement the ITE informational report Integration of Safety in the Project Development Process and Beyond: A Context Sensitive Approach

This Webinar presents the methodology to integrate substantive safety into the project development process. It also demonstrates the link between quantitative safety and the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions. It further includes best practice applications that incorporate existing research and knowledge about safety effects. Finally, the webinar discusses how to balance safety with community, environmental, economic, and mobility measures. The concepts presented can be tailored to projects of all sizes, scopes and contexts. 

Presenters:

  • Richard C. Coakley, P.E., PTOE, FITE, Principal Transportation Engineer, CH2M Hill,
  • Cindy Juliano, P.E., Senior Technologist, CH2M Hill
  • Keith J. Harrison, P.E., Safety/Geometric Design Engineer, Federal Highway Administration Resource Center

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