By Andy Sambidge
Department of Transport says construction of environmentally-friendly highway set to start in Q1 2015
Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport (DoT) has announced plans to start the engineering design work on the first "green road" in the Middle East.
The 5km pilot project will link 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, a statement cited by news agency WAM said.
The DoT said the project "will be a model for future roads" in Abu Dhabi as it will include state-of-the-art technologies and solutions to lower carbon emissions, as well as environmentally-friendly construction material.
The project will also use renewable energy for lighting, the statement added.
The "green road" project is one of the strategic initiatives undertaken by the DoT as part of the Surface Transport Master Plan vision.
It is collaborating with international institutes and consultants as well as strategic stakeholders, namely the Urban Planning Council Estidama Programme Team, the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi and Masdar.
Upon completion of the pilot project, the outcome will be evaluated, analysed and used to create a rating system for future implementation of green roads throughout the emirate.