Of those only one, Otis, uses flaggers
exclusively, primarily because the town is small.
A Transportation Department study last year put the pay of civilian flaggers
at $32 to $37 an hour, compared with police detail pay of $32 to $42 an hour.
Work is expected to start within the next few weeks, with flaggers
to be paid $33 an hour, the prevailing wage, according to Highway Commissioner Luisa M.
will be onsite with minimal traffic delays.
First, the legislation approved in 2008 requires only the state to use flaggers
on projects on which it is the awarding authority, and then only on work sites that are considered to have low traffic volume at low speeds (under 45 mph).
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.
Patrick and enacted by the Legislature last fall, only requires the state to use flaggers
on projects on which it is the awarding authority, and then only on work sites that are considered to have low traffic volume at low speeds.
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.
Use caution in work zones and obey signage and flaggers
Broken Stone of Berlin, included $40 per hour for flaggers
who would control traffic the way police on so-called details once did.
Watch for flaggers
and expect delays up to 10 minutes.
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.
and lane closures with delays of up to 10 minutes.
Police officers in Woburn did their fellow officers around the state a disservice when they disrupted a work site at which civilian flaggers
were directing traffic for a state road maintenance crew.
Watch for flaggers
, use alternative routes if possible and expect delays of up to 10 minutes.