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Use the zipper merge on Forest Hill Avenue

Traffic is getting needlessly backed up due to folks merging too early on Forest Hill. Learning this simple technique could help out.

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Getting up Forest Hill Avenue in the afternoon has become a pain. One reason is that folks aren’t using the left lane as far as they can and another is that drivers aren’t letting cars over when they run out of road. The zipper merge should help this situation. If you’re not familiar with the zipper merge, watch the video. In short, it means use all the available road before you have to merge and then begin an alternate merging pattern that weaves cars into one line like the teeth of a zipper. Good luck out there, and as always, don’t get too angry–it’s only a little traffic.

This is only the beginning of roadwork on Forest Hill Avenue. Currently, workers are replacing gas lines. The really big work will be coming up later and involves adding bike lanes and sidewalks. In summary, these delays are just a taste of what’s to come.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.