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These innovations are still in the works on The Ray. We can’t wait until they come to life and work together with our regenerative highway ecosystem. Until then, you can check here to follow our plans, new partnerships, timelines and progress.



We’re interested in finding ways that solar paneling can combine with other much-needed, functional highway innovations on The Ray. Specifically, we’re beginning our quest by prototyping solar barriers, which would help reduce highway noise while capturing valuable solar energy. As our endeavor evolves, we’ll keep posting the data and breakthroughs we achieve.


The Georgia Conservancy
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
The Chattahoochee Nature Center



Thanks to unprecedented partnership between the GPSC and Georgia DOT, construction has commenced on a pilot right-of-way solar project alongside The Ray in Troup County. Once it’s completed in 2019, this collaboration will be the first time state-owned and maintained right-of-way has ever been used for renewable energy generation in Georgia.


Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)



State transportation agencies across the country are exploring drone usage and starting to think through policies to support their implementation. As unmanned aerial vehicles, drones could transform and modernize processes like inspecting bridges and culverts, surveying land for new roads and assessing damage after disasters. Beyond reducing costs for these activities, drones have the potential to save lives and prevent injuries to emergency management workers.

We have a few other ideas up our sleeves about how drones could improve The Ray experience for both drivers and the employees who keep our roads clear and safe. Look ahead, and more importantly, up! In 2018, through partnerships with Panasonic and Georgia Tech, drones will make their first flight on The Ray.



The Ray is scheduled for a complete repaving in 2019, and we’re chomping at the bit to experiment with nontraditional materials. Rubber roads have piqued our interest because simply adding recycled tires to an asphalt mixture reduces road noise and increases road durability, extending the life of the pavement by 15 to 20 percent. Scrap tires can also help control public health dangers common to roadways, like tire fires and disease-carrying mosquitoes that breed in pooled rainwater.

Lucky for us, our very own Troup County blended recycled tires with asphalt for the Tom Hall Parkway paving project in August 2017. We’ll use their discoveries and results as a reference point to help us hone in on the safest, quietest and most durable roadway materials.

Stay tuned. You should be just as excited for our 2019 repaving as we are.