FDOT Complete Streets: A Context-Based Approach to Connecting Communities

APA Florida Chapter


Friday, September 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT


Come learn how FDOT is incorporating context-based design into how we plan, design and operate our state transportation system. We are embarking on a new direction - one that fosters community building by creating a context sensitive system of Complete Streets.  Complete Streets will promote safety, quality of life, and economic development by serving the transportation needs of transportation system users of all ages and abilities. Come learn how to define your place (Context Classification) - from Rural and Rural Town to Urban Core and see how our updated design criteria will help to nurture each place.


In September 2014, FDOT adopted a Statewide Complete Streets Policy and made a commitment to plan, design, and operate their transportation system for all users. Implementation of the Complete Streets Policy is an FDOT department-wide priority to provide flexibility in the planning and design of projects on state roads, to put the right street in the right place.


This session will give participants the opportunity to learn how FDOT rose to the challenge to implement the Complete Streets Policy through context-based design. This session will explore how FDOT Central Office worked with various FDOT departments and district staff to develop the FDOT Complete Streets Handbook and adopt eight context classifications – a key step toward implementation of context-based design. FDOT’s context classification system describes the general characteristics of the land use, development patterns, and roadway connectivity along a roadway.


Through this session, participants will learn:

-          -How to apply the measures provided in the FDOT Complete Streets Handbook to determine context classification on non-limited access state roadways;

-          -How the context classifications informs the types of users present on a roadway;

-          -How the context classification and transportation characteristics of a roadway determine key design criteria;

-          -How the complete streets approach is being integrated into existing FDOT processes; and

-          -Best practices for FDOT collaboration with local and regional partners.  

The session will help transportation and land use planners, engineers, and designers develop an understanding of context-based design in anticipation of the upcoming release of the FDOT Design Manual. This session will meet many of the conference session topics and specifically addresses:

-          Pedestrian safety;

-          Integration of different transportation modes; and

Programs, techniques, processes and procedures to help planners at all levels improve.


Mary Taylor Raulerson

Invited Speaker

Kittelson & Associates, Principal Planner. She has over 26 years of experience in integrating land use and transportation planning, policy planning, and multimodal program and project implementation. Mary has worked with many state DOTs, USDOT and regional transportation agencies to transition to a multi-modal approach to transportation and community building. Over ... Read More

DeWayne Carver, AICP

Invited Speaker

Florida Department of Transportation, Complete Streets Program Manager. DeWayne manages the Department transition to context-based design, also known as “Complete Streets”, working with various offices throughout the department. He provides technical assistance based on his prior experience with walkable thoroughfare design, form-based coding, and city and regional planning. Prior to ... Read More

Contact Info

Julia Magee, fapa@floridaplanning.org