The Sustainable Highway for Environmentally Constrained Urbanized Areas

L.I. Vakar, H.H. Snijder

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Abstract

The ‘Sustainable Highway’ concept offers an integrated solution to motorway emission and noise problems. It consists of a motorway canopy made of cold-bendable laminated glass. Key factors here are durability, safety, cost and revenue. The design yields a significant reduction in noise, fine particulates, NOx, and CO2 and also in the use of fossil fuels. It also reduces the infrastructure footprint, freeing up building land in urban environments. The Sustainable Highway makes it possible to increase road capacity, boosts urban accessibility and supports government policy aimed at concentrating new building possibilities in urban environments. Special attention will be given in this paper to a possible structural system of the highway canopy and to the costs and benefits of the concept, compared with a highway with sound barriers
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication34th International Symposium on Bridge and Structural Engineering, Venice, September 2010
Place of PublicationZuerich
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
Pages1-10
ISBN (Print)978-3-85748-122-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event34th International Symposium on Bridge and Structural Engineering, September 22-24, 2010, Venice, Italy - Venice, Italy
Duration: 22 Sep 201024 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameIABSE reports
Volume97

Conference

Conference34th International Symposium on Bridge and Structural Engineering, September 22-24, 2010, Venice, Italy
CountryItaly
CityVenice
Period22/09/1024/09/10
Other"Large Structures and Infrastructures for Environmentally Constrained and Urbanised Areas"

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    Vakar, L. I., & Snijder, H. H. (2010). The Sustainable Highway for Environmentally Constrained Urbanized Areas. In 34th International Symposium on Bridge and Structural Engineering, Venice, September 2010 (pp. 1-10). (IABSE reports; Vol. 97). International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.