There is a simple way to try to solve this very old construction zone problem, not unlike the addition of the "Use both lanes during heavy traffic" sign on NW Bridge Street. That is to set up zones with signs that say "Construction Ahead, Maintain Your Lane" and a second one that says "Begin Merge Here" or "Merge Zone". Human nature is what it is and there will be a majority of people who want to merge over as soon as they see the sign (part of the problem is that it initially makes sense to merge early, when speeds are higher and before a backup starts forming) and who will feel that the people whooshing past them in the other lane, then squeezing in as far up as possible are cheaters who take advantage of them and aren't following common courtesy of not cutting in line - regardless of what MDOT or ODOT or any other DOT says in some dusty regulation tome or on some obscure URL.
DOTs across the country can keep doing it the same way and keep having the same problems and potential for road rage, or they could actually change the way they sign upcoming lane closures and potentially get better results, because if people haven't changed under the way things are done now, they never will.
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