MoDOT launches “zipper merge” in Kansas City to reduce traffic

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - In an effort to reduce construction traffic jams, MoDOT is launching a zipper merge.

Traffic engineers claim the zipper would reduce traffic back-up by 50 percent. Essentially, the zipper would occur where two lanes merge into one.

Jeanne Fuchs Olubogun from MoDOT joins FOX 2 to explain their plans in Kansas City and future of St. Louis zipper merges.

Driving Tips for Merging:

  • With light congestion and traffic moving at the speed, merge out of the closed lane as early as possible.
  • With heavy congestion and slowed or stopped traffic, use both lanes and merge at the lane closure.
  • Drivers fill both lanes and take turns merging every other car at the point of the lane closure.

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