Abu Dhabi Department of Transport announces first green road in Middle East

Five kilometre pilot project expected to begin construction by first quarter of 2015

The ‘green road’ will become a benchmark for future roadworks in Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport has announced that it is set to begin engineering design for the first green road in the Middle East.

The five kilometre long pilot project will link the existing Abu Dhabi – Dubai Main Road (E11) and the new Abu Dhabi – Dubai Main Road (E311). Construction work on the project is expected to begin by the first quarter of 2015.

According to a statement released by the Department of Transport, the project will serve as a benchmark for future-to-be-built roads in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as it will support the highest sustainable practices adopted worldwide, such as state-of-the-art technology 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 most efficient environment-friendly solutions such as renewable energy for lighting. Materials used in constructing the road, thanks to their precise specifications, will ensure highest levels of safety and security for vehicles as well as lower maintenance and operations cost of the road on the long run.

The green road project is one of the strategic initiatives undertaken by the DoT to attain the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) vision and its priorities by developing world-class and integrated road network that addresses the current and future needs of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi whilst setting an example of environment-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 outcomes will be evaluated, analysed and used to improve the set guidelines as well as a rating system for future implementation of green roads throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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