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Monday, June 5, 2017

Plan for lane closure and "zipper merge" on eastbound Interstate 10 near Tonopah

Eastbound Interstate 10 will be narrowed to one lane and a 12-foot width restriction will be in place east of Tonopah from 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, through 10 p.m. Thursday, June 8. Drivers should watch for traffic-control devices and be prepared to use a zipper merge as they enter the work zone, where crews will be repairing a deck joint on the Hassayampa River bridge (milepost 104.7).

The zipper-merge technique calls for drivers to resist the urge to merge early. Instead, drivers stay in their lanes until they see signs that say “merge here” and “take turns merging.” Then, they take turns entering the open travel lane. Using a zipper merge can reduce the length of a traffic backup by up to 40 percent, according to the Federal Highway Administration, while providing more predictable driver behavior. Keeping traffic in both lanes longer enhances safety by reducing the speed differential between the lanes. Watch a short video and read a blog about zipper merges here.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information about this project, call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511,except while driving.

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