Friday, October 13, 2006

When your lane ends, you have to merge

QUESTION: Go south on I-25 and turn off at exit 139. This is a two-lane road which immediately turns left and passes over I-25 and joins eastbound Martin Luther King, Jr. bypass going east. Immediately after passing over I-25, the left lane peters out and the road becomes one lane just before joining MLK bypass. My question is: Which lane legally has the right of way or which lane must yield to the other before the two lanes become one lane? There are no yield signs.
- John Yauk
ANSWER: When a lane is ending, it is the responsibility of the vehicle in the lane that is ending to merge, according to Colorado Springs Police Department spokesman Lt. Rafael Cintron. “The person with the right of way is the person in the lane that’s ongoing. If your lane is coming to an end, you have to yield the right of way.” As one reader pointed out, it’s a yield, not a race-as-fast-as-you-can to get in front of everyone in the lane that isn’t ending.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding! The wait until the lane ends to merge instead of entering the flow of traffic when there's an opening. Also, what's the deal with using merge lanes as passing lanes on Woodmen between Black Forest Road and Powers Blvd??

6:42 AM, October 14, 2006  

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