Integrating CSS into Department of Transportation Management, Planning and Design

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) has provided DOTs some of their most recognized successes. Now, most DOTs are engaged in training and awareness building within their organizations. Some DOTs have engaged in serious efforts to integrate CSS into the working life of their organization, from planning to maintenance. These DOTs provide models and insight into how CSS can be mainstreamed. This paper starts with a review of CSS and CSS policy statements, which can reveal the extent to which CSS is intended to be implemented in the organization. Strategies and practices are reviewed for integrating CSS into organizational priorities and work processes at DOTs–including further executive action and integration into administrative life, development of strategic CSS implementation plans, funding for neighborhood or local CSS efforts or planning, and convening multi-disciplinary and inter-organizational teams. DOTs have mainstreamed CSS by funding research to answer key questions and resolve key obstacles that might otherwise hinder CSS implementation. In particular, DOTs have tried to integrate CSS in their organizations through identification of needed changes in processes, procedures, and awareness. To this end, DOTs have developed a number of guides, resources, and training materials. Next steps that may be needed to further develop needed CSS competencies at DOTs are discussed, as well as lessons from asset management and CSS implementation efforts in the U.S. and abroad.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-2653
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:21PM