Highway Design Guidelines: Context Sensitive Solutions
Government standards for road design can have a tremendous impact on historic places. Insensitive roads and bridges destroy sidewalks, trees, and other features that make communities and landscapes; thoughtful projects protect community character and scenic landscapes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now trying to create a better balance between improved highways and the natural and human environments that surrounds them. DOT has encouraged states to adopt a more flexible approach to road design, one that protects and enhances the livability and special features of communities. Known as "Context Sensitive Design", these methods can help preservationists and planners work together to improve the quality of life for people in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.
Learn more about "Context Sensitive Design" through the following.
- Flexibility in Highway Design, a free guide from the Federal Highway Administration that describes the principles of flexible design and describes successful examples of their implementation.
- The Federal Highway Administration's objective is to improve the environmental quality of transportation decision making by incorporating context sensitive solutions principles in all aspects of planning and the project development process.