Drivers on the N357 near the Frisian town of Jelsum can hear the Frisian anthem, “De âlde Friezen” (“The Old Frisians”).
UPDATE: 8:12 a.m., Tuesday, 10 April
According to the Leeuwarder Courant, the short-lived project reportedly cost 80,000 euros: 30,000 euros for research into the effect of the strips on the speed of drivers on the road and 50,000 euros for installation and removal.
UPDATE: 9:30 p.m., Monday, 9 April
NU.nl writes that the Frisian folk song will be heard no more on the N357: following complaints from residents who live nearby, the highway near Jelsum will be closed on Tuesday night and the paint strips will be removed on Wednesday evening.
Strips have been painted on the right side of one lane, and when vehicles travel at 60 kilometres per hour along this stretch of highway, the effect of the tires driving over the paint creates the notes of the Frisian song. According to Omrop Fryslân, the singing highway between Stiens and Leeuwarden will officially open on Monday.
At least a couple of residents who live in the vicinity of the musical route say that while they think the anthem is a lovely song, hearing it constantly may get old quickly. After the first cars drove over it on Sunday, another local reported on Facebook that taxi drivers attempted to drive over the singing section twice as fast and that drivers coming from the other direction swerve into the other lane to attempt playing the song backwards.
Photo source: Omrop Fryslân
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