DoT commences engineering design of the First Green Road

WAM ABU DHABI, 30th December, 2013 (WAM) — The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has announced that it is gearing up to commence engineering design of the first “green road” in the Middle East.

The five-kilometre pilot project will be linking the existing Abu Dhabi-Dubai Main Road (E11) and the new Abu Dhabi-Dubai Main Road (E311). Construction work is expected to begin in Q1 2015.

The DoT highlights that this project will be a model for future roads in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as it will support the highest sustainable practices adopted worldwide such as state-of-the-art technologies and solutions to lower carbon emissions, as well as environmentally-friendly construction material such as recycled asphalt/concrete aggregates and scrap rubber tires.

In addition, the project will use the most efficient environmentally-friendly solutions such as renewable energy for lighting. Materials used in constructing the road, thanks to their precise specifications, will ensure the highest levels of safety and security for vehicles as well as lower maintenance and operations cost of the road in the long run.

The “green road” project is one of the strategic initiatives undertaken by the DoT as part of  the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) vision and its priorities by developing a world-class and integrated road network that addresses the current and future needs of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi whilst setting an example of environmentally-friendly projects.

The Department of Transport is collaborating with reputable international institutes and consultants as well as strategic stakeholders, namely the Urban Planning Council (UPC) Estidama Programme Team, the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi and Masdar.

Upon completion of the green road pilot project, the outcome will be evaluated, analysed and used to improve the set guidelines as well as create a rating system for future implementation of green roads throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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