Context Sensitive Solutions
Throughout the development of the 183 North project, the project team incorporated a comprehensive approach to design development known as Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). The intent of this approach is to create a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible mobility corridor that is appropriate for its setting and speaks to the needs and values of the surrounding community.
WHAT IS CSS?
- CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach involving stakeholders to develop transportation design and engineering solutions that fit within its surroundings.
- The goals are to preserve and enhance scenic, aesthetic, historic, community and environmental resources, while improving transportation safety, mobility, and infrastructure.
- More information can be found about the CSS process at http://contextsensitivesolutions.org/.
WHAT WE HEARD
One of the guiding principles of CSS is to promote continued collaboration with stakeholders and to strive toward a shared vision to provide a basis for decisions. We ask that you be involved in the CSS process; we want to create a transportation corridor that the residents of northwest Austin will be proud to call their own.
The Mobility Authority's project team surveyed attendees at the third 183 North Open House. After viewing a map diagram that illustrated where CSS opportunities may exist along the corridor, participants were asked to identify their preferences for five corridor aesthetic enhancement categories: Landscape, Hardscape, Water Quality, Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity, and Public Art. Each category was represented by four different design style photos. Participants were asked to select one photo out of the four that represented their preferred aesthetic. If a participant wanted to select two photos, it was not discouraged. Two staff members were present to answer questions about the design styles and encourage citizens to participate in an online context sensitive solutions survey. The online survey is identical to the open house activity. Participants were also encouraged to leave any comments on the selected photos.
At the Public Hearing for the proposed project, these preferences were incorporated into conceptual designs for key areas along the corridor. You can learn more about these designs through our archived exhibits.
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