There you are, cruising down Broadway, when traffic goes from a free-flowing 25 mph to a dead stop. Worse, the lane of traffic next to you is empty because everyone anticipating the one-lane construction zone has merged early.

Enter the driving technique that could ease the pain: the zipper merge. Traffic engineers say using both lanes until being forced to merge is more efficient, so long as the people in the continuing lane each let one car in ahead of them at the merge point. Don’t judge others for jumping the queue, simply alternate vehicles like skiers do in a lift line.

Unless you opt for cycling along Snow King Avenue instead of driving, the zipper merge is the safest and fastest way to deal with road construction season. The zipper merge is within your control.

Opinion by the editorial board: Johanna Love, Rebecca Huntington, Kevin Olson and Adam Meyer.

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