Out of tune: New Mexico has no plans on fixing ‘Singing Road’


TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) -The new singing road east of Albuquerque is a big hit in New Mexico, but it has quickly lost its tune. The road already needs work, but there isn’t a lot of urgency to get it done.

Along Route 66 near Tijeras is one of the only singing roads in the world.

“I said oh my goodness it’s really music huh, yeah,” said driver Irma Sanders.

The road is supposed to play “America the Beautiful” as people drive on it.

“I would say that it doesn’t sound quite as good as it did when it was new,” said Dave Corby.

“You can still hear it, but it’s not as good,” said Hershel Sanders.

The singing road was built by National Geographic in October 2014. The arrows once painted on the road have faded. The black stripe on the side, showing were the song started and ended, is gone too.

The Department of Transportation told KRQE News 13 three months ago it was going to repaint the road soon. That hasn’t happened.

“It looks like a smudge on the road right now,” said Corby.

People KRQE News 13 talked to Thursday said the road has lost its tune.

“It makes me sad,” said Hershel Sanders.

The state said it hasn’t gotten any complaints about the road’s tune, so it has no plans to fix it.

The DOT said an engineer checked the road Thursday and didn’t find any problems. As far as a new paint job, it says it’s working on it, but has no time frame for when it will be done.

Drivers said they hope the state will have a change of mind.

“I think it’s such a unique thing and such a neat stretch of highway that it’s really worth worth fixing up,” said Corby.

In January, the DOT also told KRQE News 13 it was working on possibly getting more highway signs to point drivers to the singing road. That hasn’t happened either.

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