CALIFORNIA TO PAVE OVER SINGING ROAD

Download: T. Rex “The Groover”

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CNN reports on the silencing of a special musical road. Maybe SoundWalk can do something like this next year? Details below, and don’t miss the adorable video above.

LANCASTER, California (AP) — Residents of northern Los Angeles County are not grooving to this music.

Lancaster city officials said this week that they’re paving over a quarter-mile strip of asphalt grooved to play the William Tell Overture when auto tires speed over it.

The road was completed this month as part of an ad campaign for Honda. It’s engineered to play the overture — also known as the theme to “The Lone Ranger” — at perfect pitch for motorists driving Honda Civics at 55 mph.

But neighbors aren’t amused. One says the road music sounds like a high-pitched drone. Another says it keeps him and his wife up at night.

Lancaster officials plan to pave over the grooves Tuesday.

The poor road didn’t last very long. This Daily News article details its short but ambitous career:

The roadwork was completed Sept. 5. Soon after that, people started complaining.

The city had been told at the beginning that only motorists inside their cars would experience the sound, but the noise carried farther than expected, city officials said.

“Was it historic? Yes. Maybe the wrong location? Obviously,” East said. “We thought it was far enough away.”

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2 Responses to “CALIFORNIA TO PAVE OVER SINGING ROAD”

  1. Jennifer Reuter Says:

    I think if they pave over it… They should at least move it somewhere in the antelope valley where there are no residents near by. It is truly historic, especially since this is definitely something people that come to Lancaster would want to see and we don’t really have a lot of that here. The neighbor nearest the noise is all for it, he even put out a sign to save the music. Not to mention it is the only one in the US and 1 of only 4 in the world!

  2. The road will be rebuilt on a new road! Also, there are some new youtube videos up that show how the road was made: http://www.youtube.com/honda

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