Route 66 is about to get a major upgrade, which will allow it to become the first solar highway in America.
The installation will take place on a portion of the iconic Route 66 that runs through Missouri, and will include special LED lights with heating features. This unique upgrade comes with a lot benefits for the transportation department, who will no longer have to paint stripes on it. Instead, drivers will easily be able to see the lines that are lit by the solar panels.
However, probably the most impressive part of the upgrade is the panels’ ability to melt ice and snow. During the winter, this could save countless hours of road maintenance, keep drivers safe and could even save some tax money along the way.
This might sound like something from the future, but those in charge of the project expect to have it installed before snow falls this year.
Missouri Department of Transportation’s Road to Tomorrow initiative is responsible for this brave venture. The group is placing the Route 66 project on crowdfunding sites to get the public to help raise the funds they need to complete the project.
Tom Blair, the head of the initiative, told the Kansas City Star that they were determined to finish the project as quickly as possible.“We are going to go out there publicly and on the internet and ask for money to make our solar roadway pilot project even bigger and better.”