Boise, Idaho Workshop/Webcast

About the Workshop/Webcast

The workshop included an up-to-date overview of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) plus presentations on exemplary CSS projects, plans and programs from the surrounding region. The case studies were drawn from submissions from across the country, and were selected as examples of effective application of CSS principles to projects, plans, and programs.

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm MDT
Location: Conference Room, Idaho Transportation Department, 8150 Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID 83707

Workshop Materials

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and CM Credits

Professional engineers may earn PDHs, nationally recognized units of record, by attending continuing education courses and conference concurrent sessions. Requirements vary from state to state and each state licensing board has the final authority to approve methods of earning credits. Individuals should check with their state licensing boards for specific continuing education requirements that affect professional engineering licensure renewal.

We will be registering this workshop with the American Planning Association (APA) to be a provider of AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits. Registered participants should check the APA Calendar after the workshop to see if they can earn CM credits.


Cottonwood Street Environmental Assessment

Like many communities in the Salt Lake Valley, Murray’s hub of commercial and civic activity is located along US 89 or State Street, a seven lane, high volume corridor – a corridor not known for multi-modal travel. Today, Murray is planning to re-invest in the future Murray City Center District - a planned mixed-used district that includes new retail, commercial, and civic facilities, cultural opportunities, public spaces, and high-density residential use. Unlike typical NEPA projects where the purpose and need is focused on capacity, the Cottonwood Street EA integrated land use and transportation and focused on improving connectivity, enhancing livability and supporting Murray City's plans for re-development. The presenters will discuss how they generated neighborhood buy-in and the CSS design that will improve community quality of life, expand options for multi-modal travel, improve connections between modes, and link land use and economic development with transportation.

Loretta Markham, Lochner

Loretta Markham is well-versed in state and federal regulations, highly experienced in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and documentation, and has a keen understanding of the importance of navigating through the NEPA process for timely project delivery. Her previous work as a NEPA project manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation, as well as the private sector, gives Markham a unique ability to balance stakeholder wants with NEPA requirements and public agency goals. She has a long history of leading interdisciplinary teams on complex transportation projects through the NEPA process, in addition to extensively coordinating with federal and state agencies. Markham is skilled in identifying risks and developing strategic solutions to keep projects moving forward.

Jason Green, Lochner

Jason Green is experienced in all levels of NEPA compliance and documentation. He has assisted in leading regional land use and transportation visioning efforts, and has worked closely with municipalities throughout the state of Utah on a variety of land use and transportation issues and opportunities. He has also been instrumental in expanding Lochner's transit program, including leading the development of a company-wide transit initiative business plan. Green is also adept at agency and stakeholder coordination and is experienced in educating the public and key stakeholders on the benefits and processes of environmental and regional land use and transportation planning.


I-70 Mountain Corridor Context Sensitive Solutions

The I-70 Mountain Corridor is unique in the world. The I-70 Mountain Corridor is the gateway to the Colorado Rockies, includes 144 miles of mountains and valleys, towns and scenic views, places to stop and linger, destinations and activities, places to live, history to experience, and a world of snow, wildlife and people. During the development of the CSS guidance for the corridor, the team will work with seven counties, 27 towns, two National Forests, one ski corporation, six ski resorts, and thousands of residents, business owners, truckers, and commuters to develop the ground rules for building the planned improvements. The Colorado Department of Transportation's goal is to have the I-70 Mountain Corridor become the nation’s standard for collaboration, partnerships, transportation innovation, and environmental sustainability.

Mary Jo Vobejda, CH2M HILL

Mary Jo Vobejda is a principle project manager for CH2M HILL with over 30 years of experience in transportation engineering. Her career started as an engineer on interchange projects. As the importance of public input in transportation projects increased Vobejda began facilitating public meetings and groups helping them make decisions. Coupling decision science and Context Sensitive Solutions’ principles on projects has given Vobejda the opportunity to successfully complete the planning of large complicated transportation corridors. She has managed transportation planning projects for Departments of Transportation across the country, as well as Native American communities and many municipalities. Vobejda is a graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in civil and environmental engineering.


Russell Street Reconstruction Project

The Russell Street Reconstruction Project is a public works project 15 years in the making with the majority of this time was spent in a lengthy and highly publicized environmental impact statement process. The question at hand was how to design and construct a major arterial in the center of Missoula to meet the projected traffic demands while blending the street into the community setting and its multimodal desires. A wide range of ideas and opinions on what the street’s configuration should be were discussed and analyzed. Context Sensitive Solutions such as intersection control, bike lane configuration, pedestrian facilities, number of vehicle lanes, lane widths, transit solutions, and aesthetics were topics discussed and debated at length.

Ed Toavs, Montana Department of Transportation

After graduating from Columbia Falls High School in northwest Montana, Toavs attended the University of Idaho where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1994. He began his career with the Montana Department of Transportation that same year and is now in his 20th year with the agency. He has spent time in different locations and positions within the agency and his current assignment is the position of Missoula District Administrator. He is a registered engineer in the State of Montana, a graduate of the Aashto National Leadership Institute, and a recipient of the Montana Governor’s Award for Excellence in Performance.


Reconsidering the Curve

Sandpoint, Idaho is a place worth caring about.  With a traditional urban fabric, multimodal transportation options, a historic downtown and incredible recreational opportunities, livability and town character are what citizens wish to protect and enhance.  When the state DOT began designing the "Curve" to reroute a highway within town, they partnered with the City for a mutually beneficial solution.  What was decided by the Idaho Transportation Department and the City of Sandpoint was a surprising outcome and one that shows how, through dialog, context sensitive solutions present themselves.

Aaron Qualls, City of Sandpoint, Idaho

Aaron Qualls arrived in Sandpoint in 2006, lured by the surrounding beauty and strong fabric of community. Since arriving, Qualls has served as a planning and zoning commissioner from 2010 to 2012 and as a Sandpoint City Council Member from 2012 to late 2013 before accepting a job with the Planning and Zoning Department. He has also served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, The Downtown Business Association, and the Downtown Streets Redesign Steering Committee. Currently, he is the staff liaison to the Sandpoint Arts Commission. Qualls holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA from Eastern Washington University in Urban and Regional Planning. Aaron is a current member of the American Planning Association.