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Roads are Aglow in the Netherlands

April 16, 2014

The Netherlands has debuted its glow-in-the-dark road markings on a 500 meter stretch of highway. The markings have replaced traditional highway illumination, according to a report in

Designed by Studio Roosegaarde in 2012, implementing the glow-in-the-dark road markings were held up in not so illuminating red tape, according to the Wired report. In addition illuminating the traditional road markings, part of the vision of creator Daan Roosegaarde is to include weather markings. For instance snowflakes would appear when the temperature hits the freezing point.

The 500-meter-stretch of the N329 highway in Oss features only the glow-in-the-dark road markings, created using a photo-luminescent powder mixed into the road paint and developed in conjunction with road construction company Heijmans, according to the report.

Heijmans reportedly wants to expand the project, but has not received any further contracts. There is currently no reported data about how the paint holds up against wear and tear--the glow lasts up to eight hours once powered throughout the day.

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