Traffic will be controlled by flaggers
. Use alternate routes to avoid delays.
Widmer questioned the degree to which the state has pursued civilian flaggers
According to MassDOT data, the number of state transportation projects using civilian flaggers
has increased in the last three years to 48.5 percent, up from 12.7 percent in 2009, one year after Gov.
Blanchard said the small town is seeing savings of about $12 to $20 an hour after hiring certified civilian flaggers
on the town's Department of Public Works for local projects.
Steven Baddour, D-Methuen, said the administration has placed civilian flaggers
at the top of the prevailing wage scale.
Paiewonsky said that while she is confident there will be money saved by using flaggers
, safety is the main determining factor.
The obvious question then is why do 41 states use a combination of police and civilian flaggers
and eight use flaggers
exclusively if the savings are so minimal?
Regulations enacted last month require replacement of officers with civilian flaggers
at state-awarded projects, as long as traffic speed, volume and other safety guidelines are met.
NW Expressway (Chambers Street/River Road to Irvington Drive): Work on roadway will cause traffic to be controlled by flaggers
WORCESTER - If you haven't seen one of the civilian flaggers
whom state officials have been promoting with much fanfare recently, there's a reason.
Expect lane closures and watch for flaggers
. Use alternative routes and expect delays of up to 10 minutes.
Patrick's push to use more civilian flaggers
in place of paid police details on certain construction projects is a small but very welcome bit of reform being implemented in a state where exceptionalism and special rules too often carry the day at the expense of taxpayers.