A group of researchers from Georgia recently embarked on an ambitious project to turn a 16-mile stretch of road into the world's first sustainable highway. Although roads are energy-intensive and damaging to the environment, they are necessary for transportation. This initiative aims to design a more sustainable highway that can address current environmental issues.
Georgia’s Interstate 85 is a busy highway that is located halfway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama. The highway is currently undergoing an upgrade to make it safer, more efficient and better for the environment. This involves using cutting edge technology such as solar sound barriers, pollution-reducing billboards and wildlife tunnels that reduce animal mortality.
While the project is still in the early stages, the sustainable highway could soon serve as a precedent for future roadways.