Georgia Project Aims to Build Smarter Roads

Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM ET

Cars are getting smarter and more sophisticated all the time, but the roads they drive on are still pretty much pavement. That’s slowly starting to change. States are turning highways into technology laboratories for everything from traffic management to environmental sustainability.

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Reprinted from Marketplace

Allie Kelly sits on a concrete bench outside a rest area along Interstate Highway 85 in western Georgia, near the Alabama state line.

“The road is still dumb,” she said as cars and trucks whooshed by at 70 miles an hour. 

Kelly works for The Ray, a nonprofit that is a key funding priority for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, which funds environmental projects. It has spent about a half million dollars to make this highway smarter, though a lot of those ideas are still on the drawing board.

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Valerie Bennett
The Ray
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