Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch

Cyprus Today - - WORLD -

TAKE the high­way past the Dutch vil­lage of Jel­sum and the road will play you a tune.

Cre­ated by strate­gi­cally laid “rum­ble strips” as a way of liven­ing up jour­neys across the flat land­scape, the nov­elty has worn thin for lo­cals who say the con­stant dron­ing melody is driv­ing them mad.

The tune is cre­ated when car tyres drive over the strips, which are usu­ally de­ployed at the side of ma­jor roads to warn driv­ers they are stray­ing off course.

If hit at the cor­rect speed, 60 kph, the road will sing out the an­them of the Fries­land re­gion, a north­ern part of the Nether­lands that has a dis­tinct lan­guage and cul­ture.

But it is loud and the sound trav­els, and lo­cals say the mu­si­cal road had cre­ated a never-end­ing ca­coph­ony that keeps them awake at night.

“Last Satur­day night the taxis were driv­ing from Leeuwar­den to Stiens and on the way back, they tried to go across the lines as quickly as pos­si­ble and we had the an­them played all night at high speed,” said local res­i­dent Ria Jansma.

The Fries­land author­ity has agreed to re­move the rum­ble strips, local news­pa­per Leeuwarder Courant re­ported.

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