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Old 04-13-2009, 01:39 AM
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Musical road plays William Tell.

I saw the Honda commercial tonight. The road is in Lancaster. The cut grooves in the road for a 1/4 mile and it plays the opening to William Tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLNfN6-eA0g&feature=related

I really want to see/drive this.

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Old 04-13-2009, 08:21 AM
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It took me a couple times of seeing that commercial before I realized what they were doing. That is pretty cool. I wonder how hard it was to work all of that out?
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:38 AM
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I saw the Honda commercial tonight. The road is in Lancaster. The cut grooves in the road for a 1/4 mile and it plays the opening to William Tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLNfN6-eA0g&feature=related

I really want to see/drive this.
I happened to catch a news story when they finished that off (or it might have been a different road) and those living nearby where complaining about the incessant symphony.

I'm curious as to what/if any effect the grooves will have on weathering.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:51 AM
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According to a story I read about it, the original road was paved over due to the complaints. The new one was made 2 miles away from the nearest residence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_road

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The Civic Musical Road was built on Avenue K in Lancaster, California, United States, on 5 September 2008.[6] Covering a quarter mile stretch of road between 60th Street West and 70th Street West, the Musical Road used grooves cut into the asphalt to replicate the William Tell Overture. It was paved over on 23 September due to nearby residents complaining to the city council about noise levels;[7] but after further complaints from city residents about its removal, work began to recreate it on 15 October 2008 on Avenue G between 30th Street West and 40th Street West, two miles away from the nearest residence.[8] This road is named after the Honda Civic. It opened two days later.[9] The new section on Avenue G is only in the far left lane of the westbound side of the road. Honda recommends that you drive 55 miles per hour to get the best sound.
Here is the Honda site that tells a bit about the making of the road. Also, the audio is quite a bit better than the original one I posted.

http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-sedan/videos.aspx?ef_id=1097:3:s_e45f05dd1fa96927f0dfdcbceeeba9ba_2030826516:r32gy0o-JyoAADl5FioAAAAN:20090413155120
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:13 PM
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I wonder why they chose Lancaster....
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:27 PM
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Those rumble strips are noisy as hell. My in-laws live out in the country 2 or 3 miles from a set of them, and I can hear them distinctly at their house when the weather is right.

My friend recalls asking her dad what they were for when she was a child; he told her they were so blind people knew there was a stop sign coming up.
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