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Past Workshops

2017

Complete Streets Workshop: Balancing Priorities and Constraints on Main Streets

October 17–18, 2017

This Minnesota Department of Transportation workshop explored the challenges of working on main streets and urban arterials that are also state or trunk highways.

Workshop: A Highway Runs Through It—Balancing Priorities and Constraints on Main Streets

June 8–9, 2017

This workshop focused on Greater Minnesota main streets that are also state or trunk highways and provided an overview of a "Complete Streets" approach to project planning and design.


2016

MnDOT Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop 

November 29–December 1, 2016

This interactive workshop, customized for transportation professionals, aimed to enhance understanding, capabilities, and approaches in applying flexibility and a performance-based approach in design for more successful and cost-effective outcomes. 

Complete Streets Workshop: Balancing Priorities and Constraints

June 8–9, 2016

This workshop provided an overview of a Complete Streets approach to project planning and design, using real-world project examples.


2015

MnDOT Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop 

October 19–21, 2015

This workshop provided information to enhance understanding, capabilities, and approaches in applying flexibility in design for more successful and cost-effective project development outcomes.

Complete Streets Workshop

June 16–17, 2015

This hands-on workshop provided an overview of an evolving project development process based on a Complete Streets approach, using real-world project examples.

MnDOT Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop

April 21–23, 2015

This workshop provided information to enhance understanding, capabilities, and approaches in applying flexibility in design for more successful and cost-effective project development outcomes.


2014

Complete Streets Workshop: Balancing Priorities and Constraints

May 14-15, 2014

This workshop provided an overview of an evolving project development process based on a Complete Streets approach, using real-world project examples.

Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop

April 22–24, 2014

This workshop provided the opportunity for transportation professionals to enhance their understanding, capabilities, and approaches in applying flexibility in design for more successful and cost-effective project development outcomes.

Webinar: So You Want to Build a Cross Section

February 18, 2014

This webinar reviewed MnDOT criteria for cross-sectional elements, including their origins and flexibilities, and discussed their application in designing cross sections for safety and functionality.


2013

Webinar: Design Speed and Beyond—Concepts, Principles, and Practices

December 18, 2013

This webinar explored various aspects of vehicular speed with an emphasis on design speed and the flexibilities available in its selection.

Complete Streets Workshop: Balancing Priorities and Constraints

June 25-26, 2013

This workshop provided an overview of an evolving project development process based on aComplete Streets approach, using real-world project examples. 

Webinar: Flexible and Performance-Based Design Overview

March 13, 2013

This webinar included an overview of performance-based road design as well as how it correlates to and complements flexible design. It also featured a deeper exploration of the concepts of design flexibility.


2012

Webinar: MnDOT's Move to Greater Flexibility in Design

December 11, 2012

This webinar included an overview of MnDOT's initiative to apply greater flexibility in roadway design. The presentation highlighted how, through various means, MnDOT has opened up the range of flexibility available within its standards and is providing guidance for appropriate application of greater flexibility in design. 

Scott Bradley – FASLA, Director of CSS, MnDOT, Scott.Bradley@state.mn.us
Jim Rosenow – P.E., Design Flexibility Engineer, MnDOT, James.Rosenow@state.mn.us
Mike Elle – P.E., Design Standards Engineer, MnDOT, Michael.Elle@state.mn.us
Julie Skallman – P.E., State Aid Division Director, MnDOT, Julie.Skallman@state.mn.us
Amr Jabr – P.E., Asst. Engineering Services Division Director, MnDOT, amr.jabr@state.mn.us

Webinar: Integrating Construction, Operations, and Maintenance into Transportation Planning and Design

March 28, 2012

This webinar highlighted perspectives, day-to-day challenges, and opportunities faced when project development commitments are made during the planning and design phases. Presenters discussed how following the CSS process has changed communication practices between project planning and design staff and construction, operations, and maintenance staff to improve project work flow, constructability, and post-construction operations.

Forum on Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in MnDOT Services and Programs

February 27–28, 2012

This two-day forum explored challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for integrating CSS across the Minnesota Department of Transportation's departments and services.


2011

Webinar: Maintaining Pedestrian Access Through Construction & Maintenance Work Zones

December 8, 2011

Jack Broz (Moderator) (Transportation Group Leader – H.R. Green Co.), jbroz@hrgreen.com
Scott Bradley (Director of Context Sensitive Solutions – MnDOT), scott.bradley@state.mn.us
Kristie Billiar (ADA Implementation Coordinator – MnDOT), kristie.billiar@state.mn.us
Todd Grugel (ADA Program Engineer – MnDOT), todd.grugel@state.mn.us
Ted Ulven (Work Zone Standards Specialist – MnDOT), ted.ulven@state.mn.us
Ken Johnson (Work Zone & Pavement Marking Engineer – MnDOT), ken.johnson@state.mn.us
Charleen Zimmer (President – Zan Associates), czimmer@visi.com

Webinar: Integrating CSS in Construction, Operations & Maintenance: Lessons Learned and Opportunities to Pursue

June 28, 2011


2010

A Mn/DOT Forum: Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in Construction, Operations, and Maintenance

July 29, 2010

Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop

May 5-7, 2010

Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop was a 2½ -day workshop designed for transportation planners and engineers by the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Context Sensitive Solutions National Dialog

University of Minnesota, St. Paul
May-June, 2010

The Dialog featured a series of one-day workshops held in various locations across the United States. Each workshop highlights CSS best practices, using transportation projects, plans, and programs to initiate discussion and interaction.

Design Excellence Through Context Sensitive Solutions

March 9-10, 2010

Sponsored by Mn/DOT and FHWA, this two-day workshop for transportation planners and engineers was designed to have participants learn how to integrate the principles of CSS into the exiting Mn/DOT project development process.


2009

Flexible Design for 21st Century Challenges: Balancing Competing Objectives and Optimizing Return on Investments Forum

February 23-24, 2009

Sponsored by Mn/DOT, the forum was held to “jump start” and tailor a concerted Minnesota initiative to apply greater and more consistent flexibility in transportation planning, design development, and operations statewide.


2007

Managing Effective Public Participation: Stop the Pain and Increase the Gain

Feb. 20-21, 2007


2005

Midwest Region CSD&S Workshop: Overcoming Roadblocks to Project Excellence

August 24–26, 2005

In public works, institutionalizing the Context Sensitive Design and Solutions (CSD&S) philosophy and principles continues to be a challenge. This workshop addressed tough questions and challenges from around the country as well as lessons learned and innovations to further excellence in transportation project development using CSD&S philosophy and principles.


2003

Context Sensitive Design for Local Governments Workshop

April 9, 2003

This workshop examined the principles of Context Sensitive Design, ways to be flexible with design standards, and ways to integrate design with a community.


2000

Inaugural Pilot Context Sensitive Design Workshop

May 8-10, 2000

The Executive Summary (475 KB PDF) document provides a succinct view of the issues explored in the May 2000 Context Sensitive Design workshop, and can serve as a good introduction to CSD principles and design practices.

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