The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, and it starts on 18 miles of West Georgia’s I-85, and the land and communities surrounding it.
By innovating from the ground up, we’re creating a corridor that reconnects and restores us, paving the way to a safer and more prosperous future for all.
We’re implementing new ideas and technologies to create a regenerative highway ecosystem on The Ray’s 18-mile stretch of I-85, and several pilot projects are already underway. Check out our Technology Showcase to learn about our solar-powered vehicle charging, tire safety check station, solar-paved highways and all our other exciting pursuits.
As the pioneering founder of carpet company Interface, Ray C. Anderson is a globally-recognized environmental leader who ushered sustainability into the business mainstream. In 2014, an 18-mile stretch of I-85 in Troup County, Georgia was dedicated in his honor. The Ray celebrates and extends his legacy on this corridor through ongoing innovation and discovery.
Causing 5 million tons of CO2 emissions nationally each year and 35,000 fatalities in 2015 alone, highways are one of the most environmentally damaging and dangerous infrastructure systems in the world. That’s why we’re starting a movement to make The Ray a net zero highway. Specifically, our vision for the future includes improving the safety, beauty and ecology of our 18-mile stretch of I-85 in the following ways:
Zero Deaths. Zero Waste. Zero Carbon. Zero Impact. It’s an ambitious goal, but using The Ray as a living lab for innovative ideas and technologies, we’ll set a new standard for roadways across the globe.