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Posted 09.22.11 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Laura Tepper: Road Ecology: Wildlife Habitat and Highway Design



The Dutch National Eco-Compensation Program requires habitat replacement at a 1:1 area ratio. This highway junction along A12 speaks to the program’s slogan, “New Road; New Nature.” Rijkswaterstaat landscape architect Jan Willem de Jager designed the central highway loop to encompass a water retention basin and wet meadow habitat. Like most Dutch road projects, it also includes a separated bike path. Jager notes that Dutch highways often incorporate earth berms for support, drainage and noise screening because they are easy to maintain, inexpensive and resistant to structural failure. [Site plan and photograph courtesy of Jan Willem de Jager, Rijkswaterstaat]

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