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Construction Merge

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Question: What are you?
1.  Cringing lap dog - 2 (25%)
2.  Apologetic sheep - 3 (37.5%)
3.  Wolverine - 3 (37.5%)
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Uisce Beatha
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Construction Merge
« on: May 14, 2009, 07:39:03 PM »

So you scoot on up an on-ramp to a freeway with a lane closure about 1/2 mile ahead [* spacey].  Traffic in the three lanes to the left is in first gear.  You have enough room in front of you to land Air Force One.  What do you do?

1.  Slow to a crawl within 50 yards, throw on the turn signal and needlessly squeeze behind 100 cars for the greater good of mankind.  A right Mother Teresa of the Autobhan.

2.  Creep about halfway down at moderate speed looking for the first two car length cap and gently ease yourself over.  Apologetic wave to the guy who let you in.

3.  Balls to the wall to the top of the lane, wasting no more than 20 feet of asphalt, and Tokyo drift into your rightful spot as alpha dog of the rush hour pack.

I hope some of you vote #3 so I don't feel so alone.  I can't fathom the logic that dictates one should not make the most of all available space before merging.  It's asinine really.  Not to mention the *bunghole*s who flip you off, crowd you out, etc. because their being on the freeway longer than you apparently grants them priority status. 

Just messin' about doing so aggressively but quite serious about making the most of what UDOT gives me.





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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 08:07:21 PM »

In the D you can get shot for that. really.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 08:16:23 PM »

MNDOT has been trying to get the word out for the past couple of years to use both lanes and "zipper" at the merge point. Basically everybody on the right let one in on the left. Or vice versa whatever the case may be.

Had a couple nasty construction sites last summer where the highway patrol had to play nanny due to some near riots.

Basically what MNDOT and the patrol say is what your #3 says. Sans the balls to the way, alpha dog Tokyo drifting.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009, 08:46:02 PM »

I'm all about option #3. However, I've long maintained that Utah ought to change their license plate slogan to "I'd rather die than merge behind you" so use caution and/or your best judgment.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2009, 09:52:59 PM »

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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2009, 05:34:44 AM »

In the D you can get shot for that. really.

LMAO, so that's what happened to Santa.

I'm never going to Detroit.  You have me proper scared of the place.   Wink
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2009, 07:06:31 AM »

Put me down as Numbah Two, with this caveat:

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3.  Balls to the wall to the top of the lane, wasting no more than 20 feet of asphalt, and Tokyo drift into your rightful spot as alpha dog of the rush hour pack.

I don't know who this guy will merge behind, but I do know who he doesn't merge in front of, complete with appropriate hand signals and the devil may care attitude of a guy driving a piece of 22 year old Detroit iron.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 07:35:07 AM »

Put me down as Numbah Two, with this caveat:

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3.  Balls to the wall to the top of the lane, wasting no more than 20 feet of asphalt, and Tokyo drift into your rightful spot as alpha dog of the rush hour pack.

I don't know who this guy will merge behind, but I do know who he doesn't merge in front of, complete with appropriate hand signals and the devil may care attitude of a guy driving a piece of 22 year old Detroit iron.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2009, 07:59:04 AM »

Put me down as Numbah Two, with this caveat:

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3.  Balls to the wall to the top of the lane, wasting no more than 20 feet of asphalt, and Tokyo drift into your rightful spot as alpha dog of the rush hour pack.

I don't know who this guy will merge behind, but I do know who he doesn't merge in front of, complete with appropriate hand signals and the devil may care attitude of a guy driving a piece of 22 year old Detroit iron.

Same here.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2009, 09:49:26 AM »

Put me down as Numbah Two, with this caveat:

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3.  Balls to the wall to the top of the lane, wasting no more than 20 feet of asphalt, and Tokyo drift into your rightful spot as alpha dog of the rush hour pack.

I don't know who this guy will merge behind, but I do know who he doesn't merge in front of, complete with appropriate hand signals and the devil may care attitude of a guy driving a piece of 22 year old Detroit iron.

Same here.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2009, 04:47:52 PM »

Put me down as Numbah Two, with this caveat:

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3.  Balls to the wall to the top of the lane, wasting no more than 20 feet of asphalt, and Tokyo drift into your rightful spot as alpha dog of the rush hour pack.

I don't know who this guy will merge behind, but I do know who he doesn't merge in front of, complete with appropriate hand signals and the devil may care attitude of a guy driving a piece of 22 year old Detroit iron.

Same here.
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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2009, 05:53:36 PM »

I know y'all read my "just messin' about doing so aggressively" comment but in case the recent sentiment is meant to apply to someone using the full length of that lane responsibly and safely.


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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2009, 09:09:40 PM »

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Cuz that lane's meant to be empty?
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Yup. That's why there were all those  *goshdarn* signs starting 5 miles ago, then every half mile until you got to that last 100 yards and figgered out that they actually meant the lane was closed for everyone INCLUDING YOU!

So, everyone read the signs, moved over EXCEPT YOU, so now you just need to wait until somebody feels sorry enough for you to let you in.

I wasn't kidding about the vintage ALL STEEL Detroit iron, either.

It basically screams 'Hit Me With Your Colored Plastic Bumper That's Just A Little Bit More Than Your Insurance Deductible To Repaint, Moran!'

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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2009, 10:18:05 PM »

man up , nantzies.

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Re: Construction Merge
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2009, 05:09:05 AM »

I believe I understand this Donning of American Steel Pen0r Extending Phenomenon...

BEFORE


AFTER


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