VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Nov. 28, 2018
TAKE TURNS AT THE MERGE ON ROUTE 627 (GORDON ROAD) IN SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY
New signs on Gordon Road near Harrison Road will encourage motorists to zipper merge and use all available travel lanes before and after the intersection
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – New signs will be posted today, Nov. 28, to encourage motorists to zipper merge on Route 627 (Gordon Road) to ease congestion north and south of the Route 620 (Harrison Road) intersection in Spotsylvania County.
Southbound Gordon Road has two through travel lanes between Route 3 and just south of the Harrison Road intersection. Currently, congestion exists on southbound Gordon Road on weekday evenings as drivers align themselves with the right lane. The left lane is frequently clear, but motorists may be reluctant to use it because they have to merge south of the intersection.
By posting zipper merge signs, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to encourage motorists to use both travel lanes up to the merge point, and then take turns merging into the open single lane, similar to the pattern of a zipper. The zipper merge keeps cars in both lanes for as long as possible. This merge method has been shown to reduce backups and keep traffic flowing in Virginia and other states.
“Everyone will benefit. Drivers will go through the traffic signal more efficiently by merging cooperatively after the signal. Traffic will flow better, making it safer and reduce congestion during peak travel times,” said Peter Hedrich, P.E., VDOT Fredericksburg District Traffic Engineer.
Motorists are advised to avoid merging at the first sign “Single Lane Ahead” sign. Merge late, and take turns with other motorists to alternate merging into the single travel lane just prior to the merge point.
Gordon Road carries an average 12,000 vehicles a day, according to a 2017 traffic count.
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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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