First highway with glow-in-the-dark markings opens in the Netherlands

24 October 2014

Drivers on a road in the Netherlands are now being guided by glow-in-the-dark road markings.

The N329 in Oss is being used to pilot the concept, which is part of the Smart Highway project by construction firm Heijmans and design firm Studio Roosegaarde. Glowing Lines is aimed at increasing visibility and safety.

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The project is aimed at using different technologies to create the “interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow.”

Glowing Lines uses luminescent paint that is charged by solar energy during the day and then glows for up to 10 hours when it gets dark. The road markings have higher visibility than those using standard paint, whilst still not requiring electricity.

The Oss pilot should primarily provide information on how well it works on a day-to-day basis in a real-world setting.

There are other concepts under the Smart Highway umbrella yet to be piloted, and if the pilot is successful, there are plans to roll out Glowing Lines globally.

By Stu Robarts

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