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[MAY 6, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Transportation released a report Wednesday on its Web pages dedicated to context-sensitive solutions, laying the groundwork for a new era in the department's approach to designing and building modes of transportation in the 21st century.

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 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.

Context-sensitive solutions 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.

The 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.

[Illinois Department of Transportation
news release]

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