Applying Context Sensitive Design to the Innovative Development of Major Highway Projects

This paper explains how Context Sensitive Design (CSD) is being applied in the development of major Canadian projects requiring the construction and upgrading of arterial corridors. It continues the thesis of the author's paper to the 2002 TAC conference, which dealt with the emerging topic of CSD. This paper explores contemporary road design procedures that address the community context and follow the 1999 TAC Guidelines. These Guidelines allow for flexibility and the use of ranges of geometric parameters (domains) when supported by professional engineering judgment. They permit creativity and initiative as long as all decisions are documented with design heuristics and valid research. In this way, the context of communities, in terms of values and preferences, may be accommodated into road designs. The paper explains how project guidelines are being prepared for new road projects using the TAC Guidelines as their principal reference and explicitly addressing traffic safety. This is done by specifying geometric consistency and crash prediction modelling. These requirements place engineers at the forefront of the design task, mindful of their duties to society and to the likelihood of legal challenge. For the covering abstract of this conference see ITRD number E211395.


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  • Accession Number: 01011442
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • ISBN: 1-55187-156-4
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 3:11PM