The urge to merge: Road projects spark debate about drivers’ etiquette

By Associated Engineering Press

It’s summer, and that means Tuscaloosa is a sea of orange cones and construction zones. And it’s not clearing up any time soon, with two major road work projects under way on Interstate 20/59 and the heavily traveled Lurleen Wallace Boulevard and Hugh Thomas Bridge. Work to improve Alabama Highway 69 South should begin later this year … “Academically on paper, the zipper merge is great,” said Stephen Jones, a professor of transportation engineering and planning at University of Alabama and associate director for the University Transportation Center for Alabama.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: August 6, 2018    /    Posted in:   Center for Transportation Operations, Planning and Safety, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty and Staff, In The News    /    Features: