This 'Singing Road' in the Netherlands Has Been Driving Locals Batty
Have you ever had a noisy neighbor who loves to play their music seemingly 24 hours a day, seven days a week? It can really wear a person down, even on their best days. But at least with noisy neighbors, you can try to ask them to turn down the volume. Residents of the Dutch village of Jelsum aren’t dealing with any kind of disruptive human, they’re dealing with a road that sings to them all day and all night.
Rumble strips that have been installed on a highway located in the Friesland region, in northwest part of the Netherlands, make the road play the Frisian national anthem when drivers pass over them at 40 mph, the BBC reported.
The new addition to the road was meant to promote the city of Leeuwarden, this year’s European Capital of Culture. But instead, it has turned into the residents’ nightmare. According to the BBC, one resident called it “psychological torture.”
“You can't sit outside and you can't sleep at night,” resident Sijtze Jansma told RTL News.
Some drivers attempt to drive over the strips at high speeds to create a particular cacophony instead of a pleasant tune, according to resident Ria Jansma, who spoke to Reuters.
“[Taxis] tried to go across the lines as quickly as possible and we had the anthem playing all night at high speed,” she said.
Officials began removing the singing rumble strips, which cost €80,000 ($99,000 USD) to install, just one day after they officially debuted.