A plastic road could be piloted in the Netherlands within three years.
Dutch company Volker Wessels is currently at concept design stage with the prefabricated, modular product, which would be made from recycled plastic.
It said that the roads would be bedded on sand and form two-way highways with cycle paths on either side. It hopes to trial the scheme in Rotterdam by 2018.
Drainage, cabling and other services could be integrated into the road’s structure and Volker Wessels expects the modular design will enable repairs to be carried more quicklythan repairs to traditional surfaces.
Rotterdam vice mayor Pex Langenberg said: “Our municipal engineering bureau has developed a ‘street lab’. In the midst of our innovation district, companies like Volker Wessels are able to put their ideas to the test. Our goal is to green the city, improve the air and public space quality and reduce the costs and use of energy.”
The test area will be open to the public and, if the new pavements are a success, they will be used on a larger scale in Rotterdam.