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Futian drivers criticize zipper-merging policy

Release time:2013-09-25    To share:  

Han Ximin


SOME local drivers are complaining that a new zipper-merging policy enforced on a Futian District overpass is causing more traffic jams instead of preventing them, especially during rush hours.

Traffic police recently implemented the alternating-lane merging policy on one overpass of Chegongmiao Flyover over Binhe Boulevard to facilitate traffic during a Metro construction project in the area.

Westbound vehicles on Fuqiang Road merge into one lane on the flyover before it accesses Binhe Boulevard. The merge often creates jams, while vehicles in other lanes accessing Binhe Boulevard toward Nanshan District don’t see jams because those lanes are under-used, a netizen complained.

Zipper-merging is a merging style in which, when two lanes are reduced to one, cars from one lane and then the other, alternately move forward into the single lane.

The method is intended to improve traffic on congested roads. But some drivers are saying it’s often unnecessary on Binhe Boulevard.

“I don’t think authorities should impose such a rule when there aren’t many vehicles on Binhe Boulevard. By keeping the flyover with two lanes, traffic in the area would be greatly improved,” a netizen wrote.

A police officer surnamed Huang who was on duty in the area yesterday told Shenzhen Daily that zipper-merging was implemented to ensure safety and a smooth flow of traffic on Binhe Boulevard.

“The traffic jams are partly caused by drivers who don’t obey the merging rule. If we didn’t impose such a rule, the traffic on Binhe Boulevard would be seriously jammed because some vehicles need to turn right onto Tairan Road 7,” Huang said. “Those vehicles would mix with vehicles coming off the flyover, which could easily cause jams and accidents.”

Police and transportation authorities have redesigned and renovated a road section in Xiasha because of the Metro project, but the road’s shape during construction continues to reduce speeds and cause jams.

Shenzhen’s transportation commission said yesterday that it would look into the concerns raised by netizens.

Fuqiang Road is one of the 10 most-congested roads in Shenzhen on weekdays because of the Metro project.

Shenzhen police recently set up 152 duty stations across the city at major intersections and road sections that are frequently congested during rush hours, holidays or weekends. Police have pledged to arrive at accident scenes on major roads within five minutes, or within 10 minutes on local expressways.

Police welcome the public to call 8446-9111 to report roads with design flaws that cause traffic jams.