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Feel Good Friday – Musical Road

The stretch of Route 66 that travels east out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and heads to the small town of Tijeras is desolate at best. Besides a handful of gas stations and a spider web of power lines that cast their shadows onto the two-lane roadway, there’s not a whole lot to see. But for one quarter-mile stretch, there’s plenty to hear.

Two years ago, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), along with the National Geographic Channel, had the idea to make a roadway that sings—literally. Enlisting the help of San Bar Construction Corp., a New Mexico-based company that designs and constructs traffic control devices and signs, NMDOT created a length of roadway between mile markers four and five that plays music whenever a vehicle drives over it. But there’s a catch—the tune, in this case “America the Beautiful,” only works when cars are traveling at exactly 45 mph. The road’s purpose is twofold: to encourage drivers to stay the speed limit and to bring a little excitement to an otherwise monotonous highway.

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  • NostalgicGal July 5, 2018, 12:15 am

    COOL! I will be in that area soon and I will definitely check this out. I hadn’t heard of it. Thank you.

  • Angie in NM July 5, 2018, 1:21 am

    That is a little over 3 hours from me! We’ll check it out some time! Thanks for sharing!

  • RevMaxx July 6, 2018, 8:48 pm

    Mind. Blown. Thanx!

  • Jay July 11, 2018, 11:43 am

    That is very cool.. Except the speed limit is marked as 55, so I’m hopeful that there’s a typo in this story 🙂

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