It’s always interesting to see what kind of new “safe” road configurations road engineers come up with. Anytime we stumble onto a new one, the Land Line crew immediately wonders how our readers – the men and women who literally live their lives on the road – are going to react to some desk-generated idea.
We haven’t been surprised that traffic circles or roundabouts aren’t exactly popular. The diverging diamonds are confusing and have left more than one trucker scratching their heads wondering if it really is safer.
Earlier this week, a Missouri Department of Transportation newsletter winged its way into my inbox. In it was a reminder about the “zipper” merging concept that state DOTs are urging motorists to use when approaching lane closures.