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In December 2002 the Transportation Research Board issued "A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions" (NCHRP Report 480). This guide demonstrates how state departments of transportation and other transportation agencies can incorporate context sensitivity into their transportation project development work. The information gathered for this guide comes from the five states that had agreed to initiate pilot efforts to institutionalize context sensitive design principles in their project development procedures. These pilot States are: Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, and Utah. Additional information came also from other States that were moving towards context sensitive design/context sensitive solutions (CSS/CSD) as well as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Eastern Federal Lands (EFL) office in Sterling, Virginia. The EFL was essentially the sixth "pilot state." The report is currently the most definitive and comprehensive guide on CSD/CSS.
The guide is divided into several sections that cover parts of the project development process. They are: Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Context Sensitive Design; Effective Decision Making; Reflecting Community Values; Achieving Environmental Sensitivity; Ensuring Safe and Feasible Solutions and; Organizational Needs. Each section contains, as appropriate, subsections that provide best practices information on variety of topics that need to be addressed in order to achieve context sensitivity. These include Management Structure, Problem Definition, Alternative Development, Alternatives Screening, Evaluation, and Selection and, Implementation. Each major section concludes with a comprehensive Key Resources and References. Also included is a section with nine case study reports.
The CD-ROM included with the printed report reorganizes the material into a matrix of project development process steps and issues related to context sensitivity. It also includes significant background material drawn from actual projects (e.g., evaluation criteria, public involvement plans, aesthetic design guidelines, and animated views of design alternatives) that provide concrete examples of context sensitive solutions.
Copies of the guide are available from:
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