Strabag consortium wins contract to build musical road in Hungary

WCN Editorial Team 28 Jun 2017 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

A consortium led by Austria-based Strabag has bagged a contract to build and widen the R 67 expressway in Hungary.

The €212m project is being carried out by the consortium in which Strabag holds 53.2% stake. It will include the new construction and renovation of road stretch between Kaposfüred and Látrány.

Pursuant to the contract, Strabag will be resonsible for the new construction of a 10.3km section as well as the renovation and widening of a further 10.1km.

Upon completion, the expressway will have a unique feature - cars driving at the prescribed speed over a certain section of the road will create the melody to the song “67-es út” (Route 67) by Hungarian rock band Republic.

Austrian construction firm said that the phenomenon is possible because of special grooves in the roadway. When the car wheels roll over the grooves, they produce a melody as a result of of the accurate spacing and depth.

Strabag CEO Thomas Birtel said: “This project shows how much creativity there can be in transportation infrastructures. We are delighted to be able to realise this interesting project for Hungary’s national infrastructure company.”

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