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Tijeras, New Mexico: Route 66 Musical Road

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Address:
Route 66, Tijeras, NM
Directions:
West of town. I-40 exit 170, then drive east about 3.5 miles on Hwy 333/Route 66. Between mileposts 4 and 5, shortly after Route 66 crosses to the south side of I-40. The road is only musical driving eastbound. Look for the "pass with care" sign and a spray-painted spot on the road where the music begins. The rumble strip is narrow and easy to miss with your tire.
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Route 66 Musical Road

Paid for by the National Geographic Channel for its series, "Crowd Control," in 2014, the road plays part of "America the Beautiful" -- but only if you travel the speed limit: 45 mph. Signs removed and maintenance stopped in 2020, but it's still there. By 2024 someone had hand-made a "Musical Road" sign to mark its position.

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Singing Road sign improved.

Musical Highway

While visiting I traced over the "Singing Road" sign to make it more legible, and put a white mark on the road where the rumble strip begins.

[Dots McCauley, 05/11/2024]

Coldhearted officials no longer mark the Musical Highway, but the people do!

Handmade Singing Road sign.

Musical Highway

Rumble strips play America The Beautiful at 45 mph. Eastbound lane only. Between mile markers 4 and 5.

[Doris McCauley, 04/25/2024]

The official "Musical Road" signs were removed years ago, but it looks as if the roads's fans have hand-made their own sign.

Route 66 Musical Road

This attraction is still very much there. I drive over it at least once a week. The sign that used to signal the start is gone, although there is a "pass with care" sign that is almost exactly where the other sign was. The tire-width rumble strip is hard to see and easy to miss with your tire, but someone spray painted directly in front of the spot where it starts on the road, so look closely for that. You can only experience it going eastbound, and if you see a slightly more obvious tire-width section of rumble strip, you just missed it. That section also plays a small tune, but it's not America the Beautiful.

[Jessica Jakubanis, 12/28/2023]
Route 66 Musical Road, No More

Sadly, only two small pieces of the tune still remain at the very end of this song path. The road has been largely redone and paved over. We just drove down it on July 5, 2023, knowing exactly where it was (or had been) and how it worked. Sad to see this one go.

[Sarah berryman, 07/21/2023]

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