Motorists fear ‘strange noises’ can be heard on the main road – but experts have solved the mystery

THE mystery of strange noises on a US freeway has reportedly been solved.

In Lansing, Michigan, several drivers had reportedly heard strange noises while driving on state highway I-496 over the past few months.

Michigan drivers have recently feared I-496 because of strange noises while driving


Michigan drivers have recently feared I-496 because of strange noises while drivingPhoto credit: WILX

There have even been chilling claims of ghosts or other wild causes of the noise.

Still, officials have confirmed that it’s nothing more than the pavement under the drivers’ tires that’s causing the strange noise, according to local NBC news outlet WILX.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Aaron Jenkins told the outlet that the asphalt on I-496 was responsible for the noise because it’s paved in colder weather.

Asphalt resurfacing is typically done on highways across the state during the warmer months of the year, but Jenkins told the outlet there were construction delays.

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He explained that the texture of the asphalt is preserved in a certain way in the cold and makes different noises depending on what type and how many cars are currently driving on it.

“The noise can vary depending on the lane and vehicle someone is driving,” Jenkins noted.

“Over time this will smooth out, but in these cold temperatures that texture really solidifies and it really stands out and makes that buzzing noise.”

He went on to say that variations in tire size and tread patterns on certain vehicles also make the sounds different when interacting with the pavement.

However, drivers should be reassured that these noises will diminish over time and in warmer weather.

“The noise gets quieter as more traffic moves across the surface,” Jenkins said.

Anyhow, Michigan drivers should have an easier time resting knowing the noises aren’t coming from the supernatural.


Spooky Autobahns aside, several Amazon Alexa users have claimed that ghosts may be trying to talk to them through the technology.

One TikToker claimed her device was being tracked after it repeatedly tried to turn off the light without her asking first.

The video showed Alexa repeatedly saying, “She’s here,” while a light flickered on and off in the room.

However, many viewers claimed in the comments that the device was sensitive and that the user likely placed the stunt for views on the social media platform.

This wasn’t even the first time someone thought a genie was trying to communicate through an Alexa.

A similarly chilling video went viral in 2022 of the voice assistant asking a man about an unidentified person in the early hours of the morning.

“She was my wife,” Alexa said casually in the clip.

“Who was your wife?” The man answered after being awakened.

“You took her from me,” Alexa continues.

“I didn’t take anyone,” he said back.

“Whom? Tell me who you want.”

“You got the wrong person.”

Alexa adds, “I found her here.”

Many commenters on the video were again skeptical, with one pointing out that Alexa can only be addressed by her name before speaking to her.

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