JEFFERSON CITY – Motorists will notice an increase in work across the Interstate 70 corridor this summer. Many of those work zones will involve merging, especially the I-70 Lamine River Bridges repair project west of Boonville. When encountering two lanes that merge into one, the Missouri Department of Transportation is encouraging motorists to take turns and merge like a zipper.
To show how easy the zipper merge concept is to grasp, MoDOT created a light-hearted and entertaining video of children reacting to various merging techniques, both good and bad. These techniques are demonstrated by adults in cardboard cars. The kids in the video came to the conclusion that it was best for the drivers to fill both lanes and simply take turns at the merge point.
The video can be found on MoDOT Central District’s social media accounts:
The video can also be found at the district’s webpage at: www.MoDOT.org/Central.
When two lanes merge into one in near a work zone, most motorists start to merge as soon as they see warning signs and learn which lane is closed. In heavy congestion, MoDOT urges drivers to use both lanes up until the merge point, merging in a zipper-like fashion. Research shows driver frustration decreases, traffic moves more smoothly and congestion reduces by up to 40 percent when the zipper merge technique is used.
More information about the zipper merge can be found at http://www.MoDOT.org/workzones/ZipperMerge.htm. For more info about the Lamine River bridges project, please visit: www.MoDOT.org/Central/I70LamineBridge.htm.
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