Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)

The U.S. 30 Project will be utilizing the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions, or CSS. CSS is a collaborative public involvement approach that engages all project stakeholders and uses a flexible, creative design approach to develop, construct and maintain cost effective transportation facilities. A stakeholder is defined as anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome. The inclusive process contributes to the selection of an improvement design that fits into its surroundings or its “context”. CSS addresses all modes of transportation, and strives to preserve scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility.

The purpose of CSS is to gather and duly consider project input from all interested parties by promoting extensive public involvement and frequent communication with stakeholders. A detailed program is developed and tailored to the specific outreach needs of each project, compiled in a document known as the Stakeholder Involvement Plan, or SIP. The information collected through the CSS process, coupled with detailed technical analysis, form the basis for ultimate project decisions made by the joint lead agencies for the project, IDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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