The CSS Role in a Changing Climate. Sandy Otto June 18, 2008 FHWA Environmental Conference. What is CSS?.
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The CSS Role in a Changing Climate
June 18, 2008
FHWA Environmental Conference
CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.
A CSS approach considers the total context within which a transportation project will exist.
~ FHWA and AASHTO
In short, “finding the best fit.”
Demand for greater public participation
‘91 ISTEA , ‘95 NHS recognized flexibility in design
1997 FHWA Flexibility in Highway Design guidebook
1998 MD’s Thinking Beyond the Pavement
FLHD’s integrated CSS approaches
2004 AASHTO’s Bridging Documents
Expansion to NGO’s, public advocates and industry
The relevant portion is:
Amends Title 23 § 109
AASHTO 2005 survey says:
#1 Resistance to change
#2 Perceived higher cost
#3 Lack of understanding of CSS
#4 Liability concerns
FICTION: CSS delays the project delivery process.
CSS can expedite project delivery by “doing it right the first time”.
FICTION: CSS means we toss our standards.
CSS involves applying flexibility and sound engineering judgment to achieve a good design.
FICTION: CSS means we compromise safety.
CSS calls for safety to be considered equally with other decision factors.
Developed as part of a 4 month ‘detail’
Developed in concert with staff currently involved in corporate CSS activities
Sets strategic program direction
Identifies gaps in internal support and external outreach
Identifies resources needed to get the job done
Identify barriers and cultivate buy in
Develop staff for greater program capacity
Equip staff to support and facilitate state CSS efforts
Provide performance incentives
Improve communication with AASHTO staff and members
Broad scale outreach to DOTs and other owners
Lead National Dialogue to stimulate demand, leverage support
Improve knowledge management
CSS integrated into project development processes
Improved project processes nationwide leading to decreased project cost and delay
Eventual transition to standard practice for project development
So what does this have to do with you?
A message of implementation
Improves cost effectiveness of programs
Streamlines delivery of projects
Encourages safety dialogue with the public
An extension of FHWA stewardship responsibilities
Meets FHWA program and unit goals
What can we do to help you?