R21C

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Straße im 21 Jahrhundert (Roads in the 21st Century - R21C)

Growing levels of traffic and the need to ensure that Germany, as a leading exporting nation, remains a competitive site for economic activity mean that our transport infrastructure has to meet enormous challenges in terms of efficiency. In addition, there are central tasks such as road safety, environmental protection, climate change mitigation and effective energy conservation. And there is also the key question as to how we can ensure that the necessary investment is made in our transport infrastructure with the funds at our disposal. There are thus a lot of issues involved in the construction of our future roads. Given these challenges for the “roads of the future”, we need innovations. The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development and the Federal Highway Research Institute have thus developed a research programme entitled “Roads in the 21st Century – Innovative Road Construction in Germany”. At the same time, the programme is embedded in the Federal Government’s high-tech strategy. The objective is to pave the way for promising and innovative solutions for the road mode into everyday application in road construction: In the future, our roads are to become more intelligent by means of modern traffic guidance systems and an innovative road works and incident management system. Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication will help to further reduce the number of accidents and smooth the flow of traffic. Another example is the development and testing of modular rapid repair systems for concrete roads, also known as concrete plugs. Our objective in launching the “Roads in the 21st Century” programme is to achieve more quality, improve value for money and provide a crucial boost to innovation in road construction in Germany.