SUBANG: Well-paved roads that can last more than 10 years with installed Variable Messaging Signs warning motorists of the traffic situation ahead.
That is how future Malaysian roads will be like, according to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
“We need to find new ways to ensure that our road network has high durability and is also environmentally friendly.
“We must try our best to incorporate the green concept when planning, designing, constructing and maintaining our roads,” he said at the launch of the ninth Malaysian Road Conference themed “Greening Our Roads” yesterday.
Fadillah envisioned roads that would cater to wildlife and also provide scenic views for road users.
“Roads in species-rich areas should be provided in the shape of underpasses, overpasses, tunnels or culverts like the eco-viaduct in Lake Kenyir,” he added.
He said roads passing through a mountainous range would offer platforms or vistas for road users to enjoy the view.
On potholes, Fadillah suggested that the design of pavements should be long-lasting while also ensuring that the noise level generated by traffic was reduced.
“If possible, engineers may design long-life pavements, which can last more than 10 years, to reduce the need for maintenance cost.
“Using recycled material for new pavements should be an option.
“The use of warm asphalt or emulsion mix will help reduce the total amount of energy used to produce a road surface,” he added.
Fadillah said that his ministry had worked with the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry to develop the Malaysian Carbon Reduction and Environmental Sustainability Tool (MyCREST), which quantifies built environment impacts in terms of carbon emissions.
“The Green Product Scoring System in MyCREST is used to measure the percentage of green products used in an infrastructure project,” he added.