Tijeras, New Mexico: Route 66 Musical Road (Gone)

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West of town. I-40 exit 170, then drive east about 3.5 miles on Hwy 333/Route 66. Look for the Musical Road signs between mileposts 4 and 5, shortly after Route 66 crosses to the south side of I-40. The road is only musical driving eastbound.
2020: Reported gone.
Route 66 Musical Road

Paid for by the National Geographic Channel for its series, "Crowd Control," the road played part of "America the Beautiful" -- but only if you traveled the speed limit: 45 mph.

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Musical Highway

Was able to find it thanks to everyone's tips! Must stay at 45mph. Easier to see the grooves right inside the white line coming from the west. Hope it lasts longer!

[Kylie p, 07/06/2020]
Route 66 Musical Road

Road paved over. Signs are no longer there. I just left there heading west. Apparently NM DOT didnt want to waste taxpayer money to put them back. Very disappointed.

[Jason Linemann, 07/06/2020]

According to an NM DOT spokesperson, the cost of restoring the musical road was "outrageous" and the previous state administration never budgeted for maintenance. So when the road got crumbly, it was paved over.

Route 66 Musical Road

Like others have mentioned, there have been road upgrades, so most of the music is gone... but not all! There is still small stripe of sound near the end of mile marker 4, shortly before mile marker 5.

[Daniel Bartonek, 07/05/2020]

Since the road played "America the Beautiful" when driven on, we'll assume that the remaining fragment is the "sea to shining sea" part.

Route 66 Musical Road

The signs are gone (the state took them up), and this section of road is due for a repaving, but apparently the New Mexico DOT isn't going to use taxpayer money to recut the musical strips after the repaving. The Musical Road will soon be silent, from what I'm reading.

[Jody High, 06/02/2020]

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