State tries new approach to construction merges

The Michigan Department of Transportation has adopted a new approach to cut down on late-merging motorists in an Ottawa County construction zone, and officials are studying how well it works there and elsewhere.
AP Wire
Mar 13, 2013


"Do Not Pass When Flashing" signs require motorists on eastbound I-96 in Crockery Township to merge into a single lane well before a lane is closed for the state Route 231 construction zone. When activated, the signs create a no-passing zone ahead of the section of road where there's one lane open in each direction.

The state agency said the so-called dynamic merge lanes are being used to head off the possibility of aggressive driving and late merges.

"It's all about safety," said John Richard, a spokesman for MDOT in Grand Rapids.

According to state police, drivers who don't merge ahead of the "Do Not Pass" signs when they are flashing could face a ticket.

MDOT began using dynamic merge lanes in some work zones a few years ago and research is evaluating the effectiveness of such lanes. The I-96 project runs until November, and the state agency will be able to further evaluate the merge lanes.



I have a better idea, why doesn't MDOT learn how to construct a road project correctly and focus on "quality" of construction and project longevity instead of building bridges and roads based on the cheapest way possible? By using this strategy, MDOT should be able to reduce the very need for all us TO merge right every summer and eliminate the need to spend thousands of tax payer dollars to design this catchy Dynanmic Merge Lane.

R U kidding me, Dynamic Merge Lanes!! This isn't about safety John Richard, its about another opportunity to fleece Michigan tax payers by creating "Gotcha Zones" for the State Police to write tickets to law abiding citizens and generate revenue for the State @ $250 bucks a pop.
If you can't increase your quality of construction then, perhaps, we should privatize MDOT and give the private sector a crack at it.


Knock it off dyank, gubment hates competiton whether its fed, state or local!


Yeah Wing, you're probably I'm wondering if MDOT built the bridge card too? Lets see, it cost tax payers millions per year, it's completely inefficient, requires more money constantly, and it's intended to be used over and over again with no questions asked. Hmmm'


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