The Ray is a living example of how roads can be built successfully with sustainable, forward-thinking goals in mind. This 18-mile stretch between West Point and LaGrange does indeed generate electricity through solar road panels (the Wattway) designed by French transportation company Colas, but it also helps reduce road runoff pollution from harmful substances such as rubber, lead and oil through the addition of bioswales, and will one day make use of embedded roadway light studs to warn drivers of traffic or accidents ahead, other cars hiding in blind spots and more.

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