Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)

  • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to developing transportation projects. Under CSS, MDOT solicits dialogue with local governments, road commissions, industry groups, land use advocates, and state agencies early in a project's planning phase. A cooperative spirit and an awareness of community interests help achieve the ultimate goal -- projects that fit their surroundings while effectively serving transportation needs.

    In 2003, Gov. Granholm issued an Executive Directive that requires MDOT to incorporate Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) into transportation projects whenever possible. Under CSS, MDOT solicits dialogue with local governments, road commissions, industry groups, land use advocates, and state agencies early in a project's planning phase. This dialogue helps to ensure that bridges, interchanges, bikepaths and other transportation projects "fit" into their communities.  The CSS approach results in projects that respect a community's scenic, aesthetic, historic, economic, and environmental character.

    Leading by example, MDOT has completed a number of projects  that meet planning and engineering objectives while satisfying needs identified by the communities involved. 

    Questions? Brad Peterson517-719-7318

  • CSS Projects by Region

    The Context Sensitive Solution (CSS) approach to project development is to engage stakeholders and interdisciplinary teams to resolve transportation problems together. An understanding of the landscape and the community is essential in responding to the unique needs and qualities of individual communities. At each step, inclusiveness, flexibility, and creativity fuel development of fresh solutions and increase the prospects for success. In the end, stakeholders are generally more satisfied with both the process and the outcome.

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