It is worth noting that Creating Green Roadways focuses on creating better roadways in the United States and covers everything you might encounter while designing a road south of the border. As anyone who has driven on both sides of the Canadian – American border can tell you, the two countries have traditionally had different approaches to road-building (Americans being much more keen on freeways), but this does not make any of the lessons less valid. That being said, if one is already actively involved in road building in Canada, some of the practices described surrounding environmental protection and routing may not sound that revolutionary.
Along highways and within certain rural settings, some of the more ‘glamorous’ ideas on greening roadways can be implemented. Major roads move along right-of-ways that encompass vast (albeit narrow) stretches of land. Creating Green Roadways outlines numerous case studies where right-of-ways along highways have been used to grow biofuel, harvest solar energy or create passive storm water management gardens. These kinds of features provide increased economic value as well as environmental sensitivity.