Could WA State drivers finally learn the zipper merge? (HB1614)

The bill, which has received a hearing before the House Transportation Committee, defines the method as “drivers using both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternating in ‘zipper’ fashion into the single lane.”

House Bill 1614 would also make sure the written exam to get a driver’s license tests a person’s knowledge of the merging strategy.

Young said he was motivated to introduce the bill in part by recent traffic backups he has seen around highway construction in his district. He said the zipper merge could help ease traffic problems when roadwork closes a lane, or when drivers must temporarily use a shoulder lane that later ends.