Indiana adopts "use all lanes to merge point" this construction season

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  1. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Traffic should not have to stop to allow a merge... That is how a zipper merge is supposed to work, no one ever comes to a complete stop. But as we have all seen, when everyone races up the ending lane it only causes BOTH lanes to do the stop and go crap.

    I would be perfectly happy with the zipper if when losing a lane the flow of traffic never slowed to more than 10 mph below the limit of the construction zone. But yet again, we all know that when coming into a 45 mph one lane construction zone in traffic you will be coming nearly to a stop repeatedly until you are passed the point where you loose a lane. However, when everyone lines out in a single lane well ahead of the ending lane traffic always flows smoother and faster... I will block the ending lane when I can raise someone on the CB to let me in at the merge point.
     
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  3. TokyoJoe

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    Yeah it's kind of interesting how once somebody blocks all of the idiots trying to pass instead of merge and magically the flow starts moving again because they merge when they already should have.
     
  4. Badmon

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    Flow... you mean trickle?
     
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  5. Happily Retired

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    Do 2 trucks still purposely block both lanes in 1st gear in a backup, so traffic thins out? Saw some bold 4 wheelers do some crazy things to get around them.
     
  6. Muddydog79

    Muddydog79 Heavy Load Member

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    Now that is different, no need to have a huge gap between two trucks and the merged traffic. Only certified morons do that.
     
  7. Bean Jr.

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    But watch a merge backup from the otherside, and they're always doing it.
     
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  8. fairshake

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    What else is new?
     
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  9. 88228822

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    Zipper merge takes longer overall. Everyone pushes to the front and traffic stops. Using the extra space (lane) does nothing. Everyone will slow down to a crawl no matter what. This is not a capacity issue. The earlier everyone gets into the 1 travel lane, the quicker everyone gets thru.

    Zipper merge is nothing more than an excuse for everyone to push to the front.

    I'd rather crawl at 10 mph for 30 minutes than stop and start repeatedly for 30 minutes or longer.
     
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  10. Badmon

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    Traffic has to merge at some point or another. It doesnt just magically become one single long sluggish slow-poke out of no where. Thats why the slowdown exists in the first place. People are braking in the single lane and.. domino effect. At the same time people are actively merging. Theres really no way around it
     
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  11. Bean Jr.

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    Studies say you're wrong. It strikes me that most people who complain about it merge early, then get upset when everybody else passes them because they did. If you want to merge early, you're doing it because you think nobody will let you over because you waited until the last moment. That's not true, they will. Nobody is sitting at a merge, never being able to get over.
     
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