What happens when you invert rumble strips on the side of the highway and add a little math to their layout? Roadway magic. That’s what happens.
Now, thanks to a partnership with the National Geographic Channel, New Mexico has used that same technology to create “The Singing Highway”, part of Old Route 66.
With the help of some serious mathematics, a construction company was able to put a singing strip inside the lane of traffic. As long as you’re going 45mph on the road, just outside Tijeras, and you’ll hear “God Bless America” play through your tires.
State officials were amazed at how quickly the project came together.
“They started work on Monday and finished on Tuesday,” New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said. “It’s remarkable the speed in which they finished it.”
In addition to hopefully slowing people back to the speed limit to hear the music, the state sees an added benefit.
“This is such a fun and creative way to encourage motorists to slow down and see more of our beautiful state, and it’s wonderful that National Geographic will be here to highlight the process,” New Mexico Department of Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson said in a statement.
What do you think? Would you go out of your way to see this?