• Apr 14, 2014
Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering... Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans to create glowing highways (Studioroosegaarde.com)
Dutch Highway Introduces Glow-In-The-Dark Paint


Glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a small stretch of highway in The Netherlands.

The 0.3-mile-long strip of the N329 highway in Oss is the first step in an effort to roll out glow-in-the-dark road lines throughout the entire country, the BBC reported. The full scale project will be implemented later this month.

The futuristic-looking streets are the result of a collaboration between interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde and the Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans.

Roosengaarde was working on a energy-neutral streetlight when he decided to approach the problem from a different angle, getting rid of the streetlights all together. Paint containing photo-luminescing powder charges all day under the sun and slowly releases a glow at night. It can glow bright green for up to eight hours.

Roosegaarde and his team also have plans to develop a system where patterns would appear on the road to notify drivers of adverse weather conditions. The team is also responsible for the SMOG project, which uses an electronic vacuum cleaner to scrub city air of smog particles.



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      Sekinu2
      • 8 Months Ago
      Interesting but not practical. 8 hours of glow is about 5 hours to short ot even be considered. Then the factors of snow coverage or heavy cloudy days in rain season. Whats the cost difference? No street lights so i guess stranded motorists and deer coming from off the road will not get seen til they are hit.
      • 8 Months Ago
      WOW ! This is a super concepte. Leave it to other countries to come up with worth while ideas for ALL. We (USA) are to busy pushing hate; stealing from each other and seeing how we can undermine our fellow man, then think of something that might benefit us all. We will try to steal the concept down the road as our own.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is awesome. I hope they do this in the United States. I would love to see this here.
      Helen
      • 8 Months Ago
      And what is our country doing? Nothing as usual
      Patrick
      • 8 Months Ago
      What happens when it is cloudy for a day or two. ??? How long will it last.??..the paint that is. Here in the US sometimes you can barely see the lines because they are so faded...
      • 8 Months Ago
      What does the use production, use, and disposal of that paint do to the environment?
        • 8 Months Ago
        I would hope and think it would be just as good or better than the paint they already use on the highways but good question for sure
      jbdavidson
      • 8 Months Ago
      Brilliant ! This guy must be a Roads Scholar !
      jesuaphn
      • 8 Months Ago
      What happens in the winter when they only get a few hours of sunlight for charging the lines?
      fermiuno
      • 8 Months Ago
      "getting rid of the streetlights all together"....You mean 'altogether'--as in "totally".
      Mike
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hope no Dutch dykes were harmed in the process.
      mitchellcase
      • 8 Months Ago
      love to drive this highway on acid
      jhntd727
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think in most places, it stays dark longer than 8 hours
        krazyclownz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jhntd727
        I was thinking the same thing...then what? Chaos?
          gerbersmail
          • 8 Months Ago
          @krazyclownz
          You have a very small "window" without the illuminated lanes to collide and crash. The odds are with you that you'll make it. Kind of like a game of Russian Roulette with one loaded chamber. Haaaaaa! You'd probably make it but I don't think I want to take the chance.
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