If you travel through Richmond on Interstate 89 around dinnertime, chances are you've had your fair share of headaches. Construction zones along the stretch this summer have led to traffic being backed up for miles on a regular basis.
Monday, VTrans crews took a new approach to conquering the gridlock, it's called the zipper. Rather than encouraging traffic to move to one lane far ahead of the closure, the zipper taper method will have drivers use both lanes and then take turns moving into the single lane at the closure point.
VTrans is using electronic message boards to introduce the change is urging drivers to be alert with the new plan in place.
This type of merging method has been used effectively around the country to keep traffic moving through construction zones. Plans here are to use it only during peak traffic hours.
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