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.
Traffic will be controlled by flaggers
. Use Honeywood Street to Walton Lane to Ashbury Drive to avoid delays.
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.
Bridge work will continue after the week of July 30, with traffic controlled by flaggers
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.
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.
Watch for flaggers
. Expect delays or use alternate routes.