Smart Highway: How design and construction unite to create the roads of tomorrow

‘Creating the Interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow’, is the main reason why designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure joined forces. Together these Dutch innovators make smart roads by using light, energy and information that interacts with the specific traffic situation

Daan Roosegaarde

van Gogh biking path

Image: Studioroosegaarde

Dutch partnership

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of the Dutch approach, where multiple disciplines are working together in order to create innovative and sustainable change that has never been created before.

Glowing lines and Van Gogh‘s starry night

Innovation and cultural heritage goes hand in hand in the origin of the Van Gogh bicycle path. Inspired by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry night’, the bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones and has been placed in the town of Nuenen in The Netherlands, where Van Gogh lived in 1883. ‘Glowing Lines’ is also a great example of a Smart highway project. Multiple coloured lines charge at day-time and start to glow for eight hours at night. The first road has been placed in Oss, the Netherlands, and is being launched internationally as well. Read more about the Glowing lines project.

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