The Lane is Going to End!

The Lane is Going to End!

Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
June 1, 2014

I don’t often do a cartoon that is a variation on the same theme. But there is lots of material to work with here. (And I can’t promise that I won’t do it again….)


  1. Kris said,

    June 3, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    So universal. Every work day, I drive through a bridge repair project that has been going on for over a year and you do get very impatient with the dufus drivers that do not merge until they are literally feet from the last giant flashing arrow. Yes, I want to say, this is really happening. The lane has ended. There are lots of bright orange signs and very visible jersey barriers made of concrete that are not going to move for you. And try to remember, they will be there again tomorrow….

  2. Mark said,

    June 3, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    Talk to your brother 🙂

  3. John said,

    June 3, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

    Most readers thought that I was drawing specifically about merging into traffic-choked construction zones. While that can stir certain passions, in general I’m pretty forgiving — I’m willing to assume the late mergers are either in a legitimate rush or are “optimal traffic flow” smarty pantsers like my brother.

    Actually my pet peeve is best explained by my morning commute. Shortly after I get on I-196 west, M-6 dumps in from the left. Two lanes of I-196 become three to accommodate the new traffic. Several signs indicate that this third late will end, and they mean it because it does. Invariably, in heavy traffic or light, yahoos get in that third lane and ride it until the pavement ends. Then there is the telltale “Oh, Jesus!” moment of simultaneous accelerating and braking (and dropping of the cell phone) as they jerk the wheel and slam their vehicle into what is now the outer lane. I have a cold place in my heart for these drivers.

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