Glow-in-the-Dark Highway Markings

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Fri, Apr 11th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

As part of an artistic project by Dutch-based Daan Roosegaarde, a stretch of highway near Oss now sports about 500 metres of glow-in-the-dark highway markings. The special paint, developed by Heijmans, is capable of absorbing light during the day and glow for up to eight hours at night.

Early April 2014 the first Glowing Lines was constructed on the N329 provincial highway near Oss (Province of Noord-Brabant). The artwork was designed by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and the road was constructed by Heijmans. This makes the project the first light-emitting highway pilot in the world. The Glowing Lines are part of the internationally known and award-winning Smart Highway concept. With this concept for the intelligent highway of tomorrow, Roosegaarde and Heijmans are jointly working on innovating the Dutch landscape in which poetry, design, technology, safety and an energy-neutral future converge.

Much has been written about intelligent highways since the eighties. However, until now the focus of innovation was mainly on the car. The Glowing Lines make the road sustainable, safer and poetic. Roosegaarde and Heijmans have developed a light-emitting lining that charges itself during the day and glows at night. For designer Daan Roosegaarde, the Glowing Lines are genuine Dutch landscape artwork with their ‘Zen-like lines of light’. Furthermore, it is a sustainable alternative for areas where there is no conventional lighting and they provide drivers a frame of reference, because the lines clearly make the road’s trajectory visible.

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