The highway design process has traditionally emphasized achieving required functionality at the lowest possible cost. While this goal remains important, it has become increasingly clear that other factors contribute to gaining acceptance for highway improvements. Paying close attention to environmental impacts; committing to avoid, minimize, or mitigate these impacts to the maximum extent possible; and even finding ways to provide environmental improvements over existing conditions have become prerequisites for winning local community and environmental resource agency support. Also, the visual impact of a highway project has come to have a major bearing on its acceptance or rejection. Highway planners and design professionals are increasingly aware that the basic process by which highway improvements are planned and engineered is changing. They are embracing the notion that environmental and aesthetic issues must be dealt with as an integral part of the process from the outset. This article outlines why context-sensitive design is the preferred way of developing a project.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

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  • Authors:
    • KASSOFF, H
  • Publication Date: 2000-2


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  • Accession Number: 00789066
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2000 12:00AM