The first “green road” in the Middle East will be built in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates by 2015.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport announced last week that the environment friendly road construction will start in the 1st quarter of 2015. The project is part of the department’s Surface Transport Master Plan aiming to improve and expand motorways.
The 5-kilometre pilot project will link the existing Abu Dhabi to Dubai main road (E11) to the new main road between the emirates (E311). Work is due to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
It will be a yardstick for future roads in Abu Dhabi, and will support the highest sustainable practices adopted worldwide, according to the department.
This project was called eco-friendly as the use of technologies to lower carbon emissions and produces environmentally friendly building materials such as recycled asphalt, concrete aggregates and scrap rubber tires.
For the lighting, renewable energies will be used and the building materials are made of with the highest safety levels for vehicles for a lower maintenance and running costs.
Abu Dhabi DOT is coordinating with the Urban Planning Council, the Estidama initiative, the Environment Agency and Masdar for this environment-friendly road and once done, an evaluation of the outcome to improve the guidelines and create a rating system for future roads in the emirate will be perform.