ABQ Singing Road Entertains Drivers on Route 66

 

Route 66 Singing Road entertains Albuquerque drivers. Image courtesy: Albuquerque Journal

Route 66 Singing Road entertains Albuquerque drivers. Image courtesy: Albuquerque Journal

Rumble strips were originally placed on roadways to help keep soporific drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. Now, the application of rumble strips has shifted into a fun and entertaining way of rewarding drivers for going the speed limit by “singing” America The Beautiful when someone drives over it.

This strip of rhythmic road, at 364 Highway 66 East, leading to the mountain town of Tijeras was created and paid for as part of National Geographic’s show, “Crowd Control;” set to debut in November.

The only other strip of “singing road” is located in California. That strip plays, William Tell Overture.

In order for drivers to hear the tune, they must travel the speed limit of 45 miles-per-hour (mph). If a driver exceeds or travels at a slower pace, the tune cannot be heard.

Watch the reaction of a Sandia Park resident when she discovered the singing road.