OTHER NEWS 19 Sep 2011
E18 Green & Smart Motorway concept: new horizons for sustainable road traffic
To foster the development and implementation of new technology, E18 Green & Smart Motorway concept has been developed in cooperation with private companies as well as municipal and state administration in Finland. E18 Motorway is an example of Green & Smart Corridor concept - a ITS development platform and international open infrastructure living lab network, facilitating sustainable transportation, business, energy and interoperability. Pöyry and Finnish Transportation Agency - one of the creators of the concept - will introduce it in World Road Congress, Mexico.
Running through Southern Finland and continuing to St. Petersburg, Russia, E18 is part of the international TEN-T corridor. The aim of the Green Motorway project has been to develop new methods to promote sustainable development in the Helsinki-Vaalimaa section of E18.
Green technology is providing new opportunities which can make highways significantly more environmental-friendly. Both the design and the implementation model of the motorway play a key role in reaching environmental goals.
"The development of vehicles, GPS systems, lighting and traffic management systems, for instance, has been rapid in recent years. They will have an impact on making the roads more safe and sustainable", says Mr Jukka Saarenpää, President of Infra project management unit in Finland.
The new Green & Smart Motorway concept will be on display at World Road Congress in Mexico on 26-30 September. In addition, poster "Thermal monitoring of motorway tunnel insulation structures" made by Pasi Tolppanen and Jaakko Vuopio will be on display during the conference. The congress is one of the most remarkable annual events in the road sector.
Pöyry is present in various countries in Latin America. In Mexico, the most recent assignments to develop sustainable solutions include Tunnel Emisor Oriente, one of the longest wastewater tunnels in the world as well as new railway line in Celaya City.
Pöyry: Jukka Saarenpää, Ilkka Laitinen and Joni Tefke