Summer is when it seems every route you take has some sort of construction blocking the way. Busy schedules, combined with summer heat cause lots of frustration when it comes time to merge.
The folks waiting in line are upset that someone wants to cut in front of them.
The folks waiting to merge are upset no one will let them in.
It's a giant mess - both sides believe they are right and will defend their positions passionately:
"I paid attention to the signs and got over right away!" says one, as they block the lane of traffic to police the mergers.
"I think traffic will move more smoothly if we keep two lines of traffic to the merge point!" says the other, as they speed up and push in front of cars aggressively.
So, I Googled it and found this statement from Pa. Dept. of Transportation:
In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point. Once at the merge point, motorists are encouraged to take turns merging into the open lane and continue through the work zone. When motorists cooperate and use the late merge system, it will create a zipper like effect with traffic which will reduce the length of the queue, allow traffic to move more fluidly and also prevent a lot of aggressive merging.
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Where do you stand on the merging debate when it comes to construction zones?
Posted by Jennifer Juniper at 8:00 AM