Is it possible to turn a highway from something that pollutes noise, air and water into an environmental scrubber that pays for its own upkeep? The organizers of an innovative project taking shape in West Georgia are just ambitious enough to try.
It started off with a conundrum, after a portion of I-85 in West Central Georgia was named for the late carpet mogul Ray C. Anderson.
His heirs were honored but a bit chagrined. How could a dirty road be the earthly embodiment of Anderson, an early pioneer for environmentally friendly business practices? Anderson’s daughter, Harriet Langford, wanted to do something to make the 16-mile highway segment between LaGrange and West Point more representative of its namesake. Hence, their project, which has become known as The Ray.