Context Sensitive Solutions and Design (CSS)

CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary decision-making process and design approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting.

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CSS and the North Split Project

The CSS process helps integrate the North Split, I-65 and I-70 into the surrounding community. To achieve this, the project team gathered public and agency feedback on:

  • Community character and themes
  • Scale and size
  • Materials and treatments
  • Community connections
  • Community response

The community has had a strong voice in the CSS process, helping the team to best meet the objectives and priorities of the neighborhoods near the project. With stakeholder input, the project team examined:

  • Landform elements
  • Local infrastructure elements
  • Interchange infrastructure elements
  • Vegetation elements
  • Community and public art components

The CSS process began in January 2019 and culminated with the development of the Aesthetic Design Guidelines in March 2020. The Aesthetic Design Guidelines provide specific guidance to the North Split design-build construction contractor on key enhancements to improve connectivity, create an enhanced pedestrian environment and integrate the aesthetic character of the project into the surrounding area.

Learn more about public involvement throughout the CSS process

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