Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) has announced the implementation of six projects using eco-friendly methods and materials in the construction of roads.

DPM rolled out the initiatives after following a multi-phase process that involved the study and analysis of the materials’ suitability for the local climate, as well as pilot projects that tested whether the materials were effective, sustainable, and ready for implementation.

In a statement, the department said that reinforcing asphalt pavements using geo-grids reduced the thickness of paving layers, and the amount of raw materials used in constructing roads. The method also decreased construction time, lowered operating costs, extended road lifespans, and reduced carbon emissions.

DPM’s project using crushed concrete aggregates in paving road bases promotes the recycling of concrete waste, and its operational efficiency has increased through the application of cold in-place recycling in pavement rehabilitation.The department’s initiative to improve asphalt mixes by combining them with polymer materials was launched after a series of performance tests, and was implemented for nine infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi.