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Context Sensitive Solutions A NMDOT Perspective. Joe J. Sanchez, PE. CSS Manager Infrastructure Division NMDOT. Reorganization of Resources. Context Sensitive Solutions Transportation Solutions + Community Integrated Transportation Services Value Engineering

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Context Sensitive SolutionsA NMDOT Perspective

Joe J. Sanchez, PE.

CSS Manager

Infrastructure Division


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Reorganization of Resources

  • Context Sensitive Solutions

    • Transportation Solutions + Community

  • Integrated Transportation Services

    • Value Engineering

    • Professional Services Contracting

    • Environmental and Urban Design

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Transportation + Community

The reality then…

“that bullet doesn’t fit our pistol, your holding up progress”-Unknown Engineer 1952

The reality today…

Listening to your concerns, together we can achieve integration of the necessary transportation improvements and enhance the community- Modern Engineer 2004

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Measurement Framework for CSS


Multi-disciplinary teams

Community engagement

Agreement on project problems & needs

Alternatives analysis








Achievement of Project Vision & Goals

Stakeholder satisfaction

Quality Assurance Review

Timeframe and Budget

Stakeholder satisfaction


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Okay- so what is CSS?

  • ‘Context Sensitive Design’

  • ‘Context Sensitive Solutions’

  • ‘Thinking Beyond the Pavement’

  • ‘Place Sensitive Design’

  • All the above terms mean the same thing:

    • A Context Sensitive Outcome is desired

    • A Context Sensitive Process is used

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That’s Nice…How do you do CSS?

  • Maintaining NEPA Intent

  • CSS asks about the purpose & need of a transportation project, then addresses equally:

    • Safety

    • Mobility

    • Preservation (Aesthetic, historic & cultural, environmental & other community values)

  • Context Sensitive Solutions involves a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach in which citizens & agencies are part of the team

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SO it is A, B, C from 1 to 3

  • Identification of Stakeholder Concerns

  • Problem Definition and Strategies

  • Strategies Development (Mind Mapping or Visioning)

  • Purpose and Need

  • Multi-modal Alternatives Development

  • Quantitative Screening of Alternatives

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What's Next in the Process?

  • We have removed the Engineers bias of always thinking we know the answer by:

    • Using Stakeholder input to tell us what is important to the project stakeholders

    • Allows for Identifying the Context of the Project

    • Visioning creates branches of importance which;

  • Gives us “Purpose and Need”

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Is it time to put Designs on Paper?

  • No – its time to be creative in ideas to address developments of multimodal alternatives

  • “Strategies Table”

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So now can we put lines to paper?

  • Yes- its time to be Engineers and Transportation Professionals- who focus on OUTCOMES

  • Multimodal Alternatives Development

  • Quantitative Screening Of Alternatives

  • Compliance with NEPA

  • Final Design

  • Construction

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Any New Initiatives at the NMDOT?

  • Development of Architectural and Aesthetic Design Guides in Collaboration with the UNM School of Architecture

  • NMDOT CSS Website-coming soon-end of January 2005

  • Two CSS Classes

  • First Week of February ( 2 days per class)

  • Make-up for Class Roster

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