The result might end up sounding like a howling Bassett Hound but, come on, who cares about being on-key when your vehicle is a rolling soundstage? This stretch of road is already historic and hit all the high notes when it came to must-do drives. Drive across it at 45 mph — as we recently did while testing a Mazda3 Grand Touring hatchback — and rumble strips in the road cause the car tires to play music.
Highway System. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System. The corridor is also being redeveloped into U.
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. Enlisting the help of San Bar Construction Corp. Albuquerque has several classic car clubs that date back to when Route 66 was in its heyday that like to cruise the roadway, so it seemed like a good fit.
The stretch of Route 66 that travels east out of Albuquerque and heads to the small town of Tijeras is desolate at best. But one quarter-mile stretch is music to the ears! Drivers have to be going exactly 45 miles per hour the speed limit to hear the vibrations in action. Created by the New Mexico Department of Transportation in partnership with the National Geographic Channel the idea to make a roadway that sings had a twofold purpose: to encourage drivers to stay the speed limit and to bring a little excitement to this otherwise monotonous stretch of highway.
Two years ago, the New Mexico Department of Transportation decided to spice up a particularly desolate stretch of Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras by adding grooves in the road that will play music when you drive over them. If you drive the speed limit of 45 mph for the quarter-mile stretch, you can hear "America the Beautiful" play through the vibrations in your car's wheels. The grooves in the road work just like the rumble strips or "drunk bumps" that vibrate your car when you start to drift out of your lane.
Don't believe me? Watch the clip above. The individual strips had to be placed at the precise distance from one another to produce the notes they needed to sing their now-signature song.
The grooved lines on a sleepy stretch of Route 66 near Tijeras, New Mexico have a different trick up their sleeve: They sing. Drivers have to be going exactly 45 miles per hour the speed limit to hear the vibrations in action. Getting the rumble strips to serenade travelers required a fair bit of engineering.
Hi, we r going to the grand canyon via Hoover damwhere exactly is the historic route 66? Is it hard to find? Is there much to see there?
Wandering about on bits of Old US66 is always fun. And if you take your time you find new things It was hard to find where the rumble strips were at first, and we turned around to do it a second
Even for the speed demons out there, it would be unpatriotic to go anything but the speed limit on a small stretch of Route 66 in New Mexico. The road will belt it out. The song plays along a yard stretch of Route 66 due to meticulously placed rumble strips, and drivers have to go the mph speed limit in order to hear it in all of its glory. As for how it became musical, the process was a tedious one.