Paiewonsky said savings from road flaggers
so far this year have amounted to millions, and that 64 percent of all state-funded and awarded road projects are using civilian flaggers
or mostly civilian flaggers
the report, "only 11" percent of the projected savings would come from replacing police with flaggers
The Highway Department sent six workers to the Woburn site yesterday, four people to clean the basins and two flaggers
to stop traffic.
When Massachusetts became the last state in the nation to allow civilian flaggers
on roads where the speed limit is below 45 mph five years ago, the administration and legislators left an unavoidable pothole, asserts Michael J.
Only a handful of Bay State communities, some of them with small police departments that don't have enough officers to do details, use civilian flaggers
on local street projects, according to a survey by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
According to the state Department of Transportation, the average hourly rate for flaggers
in low-bid contracts submitted from 2009 to 2011 is about $32 an hour, compared to detail officers who make an average of $37 an hour.
Steven Baddour, D-Methuen, said the administration has placed civilian flaggers
at the top of the prevailing wage scale.
Most of the work on the bridge replacement will be done behind concrete barriers, and many flaggers
will not be needed, she said.
The use of civilian flaggers
is limited in scope, and police details are used in hazardous situations or whenever regulations otherwise require it.
Two civilian flaggers
were working along Putnam Hill Road in Sutton from 11 a.
On both Prairie Road and Link Road, traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers
Since Attorney General Scott Harshbarger opined in 1995 that state law allowed use of civilian flaggers
, some communities have done so.