Rewriting the book: Context sensitivity design in roadway design and project development

Eight years ago, both Massachusetts and New Jersey rewrote the book. Massachusetts entirely rewrote its design manual to incorporate a multi-modal, context sensitive approach to roadway design and project development. New Jersey joined Pennsylvania in writing an overlay to their manual interpreting standards in a context sensitive way. Both efforts changed the states’ approach to design and project development.

Our two webinar speakers worked for MassDOT and NJDOT and led the efforts in these two states. We wondered: Has anything changed? What was the process for the rewrite and how did they overcome resistance from internal DOT staff, politicians, and the public? What would they do different today, and what are the lessons learned? And is there more to do to design roads for the 21st Century?

Luisa Paiewonsky, Safety and Operations Program Manager at Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, and Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives at Project for Public Spaces discuss their perspectives on rewriting the book and new standards for design.

The slides from this webinar are available here.