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New city signage could be on the way in another attempt to convince Winnipeg drivers to zipper merge.

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New city signage could be on the way in another attempt to convince Winnipeg drivers to zipper merge.

In a zipper merge, motorists are expected to use both lanes leading up to a lane closure, taking turns merging into the open one, thus coming together like a zipper. Supporters say it should produce quicker overall drive times than lining up in the one open lane.

If council approves, signs advising motorists to use the practice will be posted at designated construction zones where two lanes of traffic are temporarily reduced to one, the regular speed limit is at least 80 km/h, and the closure is set to last two days or more.

MIKE SUDOMA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS In a zipper merge, motorists are expected to use both lanes leading up to a lane closure, taking turns merging into the open one, thus coming together like a zipper.

The city has tried to convince Winnipeggers to zipper merge in the past. In 2016, a report deemed a pilot project of the practice had minimal effect on driver behaviour, with single-lane lineups often persisting.

The public service says the latest change would be paired with an education campaign during the spring 2022 construction season, if the city approves it.

City of Winnipeg A diagram (above) provided by the City of Winnipeg in 2015 explains the proper procedure for zipper-merging through construction zones (below).
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