The report, entitled "Context
Sensitive Solutions," defines CSS and provides information on the
department's efforts to research the subject and tailor its related
policy to meet Illinois' needs. The report also outlines procedures
for implementing CSS and establishes a set of guidelines for the
department to use in training personnel and establishing policy.
People interested in learning
more about context-sensitive solutions can browse the department's
site dedicated to CSS information, at
www.dot.il.gov/css/home.html. An electronic version of the
report, information on the definition and purpose of CSS, as well as
its effect on future Illinois transportation projects can be found
at this site.
"With the release today [May 5]
of IDOT's ‘Context Sensitive Solutions' report, we are inviting
everyone with an interest in transportation policy, design and
development to learn more about context sensitive solutions and to
take part in the process," noted Illinois Secretary of
Transportation Tim Martin.
The report and website debut
after more than a year of intense research and development on
implementing the CSS approach for Illinois' unique transportation
system. People can read the report and browse the site to learn how
CSS will be implemented in future projects. In addition there are
links to the use of CSS in other states and at the federal level.
Visitors to the site can also provide feedback and suggestions to
the Department of Transportation.
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"When the interstate system was
first built, the goal of transportation officials was connecting
America. In the 21st century, we are looking beyond connectivity to
include concerns about quality of life. This is what CSS is all
about. Issues such as traffic congestion, suburban sprawl, economic
development, the preservation of historic neighborhoods and scenic
landscapes are all part of the context-sensitive solutions
approach," Martin said.
take into consideration the disparate concerns of various
stakeholders in the planning, design and development of
transportation projects. By involving stakeholders early and often
throughout the process, the approach seeks to preserve or improve
the quality of life for all who are affected by the transportation
system. These stakeholders include motorists, local residents and
communities, businesses, elected officials, and many others. Through
meaningful communication with stakeholders and a flexible and
creative approach to design, CSS-inspired transportation projects
should improve safety and mobility for travelers while preserving or
enhancing the scenic, economic, historic and natural qualities of
the settings through which they pass.
report is released in accordance with legislation signed into law by
the governor last year directing the Department of Transportation to
develop CSS policies. A more extensive set of guidelines detailing
the points and approaches that have been set forth will be released
in the near future.
Department of Transportation