OSS, Netherlands, April 14 (UPI) -- A 500 meter (1,640 feet) stretch of a road in Oss, Netherlands, glows in the dark with road markings embedded with “photo-luminizing powder.”
The stripes painted on the N239 road, southeast of Amsterdam, charge with daylight and at night release a green glow, doing away with a need for streetlights. They can glow for up to eight hours.
The technology was designed by artist Daan Roosegaarde and the Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans. An official ceremony to launch the road is scheduled for later in April.
“The government is shutting down streetlights at night to save money. Energy is becoming much more important than we could have imagined 50 years ago. This road is about safety and envisaging a more self-sustainable and more interactive world,” Roosegarde said. Melanie Schultz Haegen, the Dutch minister for infrastructure, said she was eager to see how the illuminated road compares to regularly-lit roads in the country.
“If we put this technology on all unlit roads, that would be a lot of kilometers and it would be a big investment,” she said.
The design team initially attempt ted to develop weather-sensitive paint, envisioning painted snowflake designs to appear on the pavement when the temperature reached the freezing point. The paint currently on the road in Oss does not have this feature.