certification is just one of the training opportunities available to women, minorities, and members of economically disadvantaged groups, including those who are out of work, through these ADOT programs.
Deval Patrick, who advocated for civilian flaggers
in 2008, should re-examine the issue in light of the pittance it has saved.
Patrick, a vocal proponent of using civilian flaggers
, did not respond to a request for an interview made on June 18.
While most cities and towns surveyed by NECIR say they use only detail officers on state and local road projects, MassDOT said the use of civilian flaggers
is on the rise.
Of the remaining 166 communities polled, 30 said they use flaggers
in conjunction with police details.
would be paid only for the time they actually worked at a detail site, whereas police contracts usually call for paying for a four-hour minimum shift, regardless of how long the job takes.
Patrick last month, state officials are allowed to decide if flaggers
can be used on state-funded projects, but three factors go into that decision: speed limits less than 45 mph, traffic volume of less than 4,000 vehicles per day, and whether traffic is separated from construction by continuous, connected barriers.
Second, and perhaps more important, is the practice of paying prevailing wage to flaggers
at construction and utility project work sites.
With new rules allowing civilian traffic flaggers
at many construction projects, reform-minded Massachusetts made it past an annoying roadblock - its absurd history of police-only paid details.
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.
Crow Road (Highway 126 to Pine Grove) - Work on roadway will cause traffic to be controlled by flaggers