State transportation officials are sticking to their argument that civilian flaggers
would save $5 million to $7 million per year - about a 13 percent savings - and contend that the cost of using flaggers
will come down as more private companies bid on jobs.
Paiewonsky, the Massachusetts Highway Department commissioner, said even at the higher rate, there's still a savings and she expects that bids for flaggers
over time will be less variable as they are used more often.
We have the right under the law to use flaggers
under certain conditions, and we're going to do that and we're going to continue to use police details when the conditions warrant.
With the exception of the high-volume Route 148, the police chief is OK with using a flagger
throughout town, she said.
Michael Darcy uses a radio to coordinate traffic flow with a second flagger
working at the Rt.
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.
However, a 2004 study by the Beacon Hill Institute estimated that Massachusetts residents and businesses might have saved between $37 million and $67 million in 2003 had the state permitted the use of flaggers
Drivers should watch for flaggers
and expect delays.
BOSTON - State transportation officials said civilian flaggers
would be out working on paving and catch basin cleaning jobs in Sutton, Winchendon, Orange, New Braintree and other parts of the state yesterday in an effort to replace more costly police road construction details.
Prairie Road and Link Road (from Irvington to Awbrey Lane): Traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers
along sections of Link Road, from Awbrey Lane to East Enid.
Goodpasture Island Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic with flaggers
on Monday night.
Goodpasture Island Road will be reduced to one lane traffic with flaggers
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights from 7 p.
The sight of three powerful Democrats pushing for use of civilian flaggers
in place of costly extra-pay police details at some construction sites is enough to make the most cynical taxpayer take notice.