The real savings come from using flaggers
as a managerial tool.
Broken Stone that the flaggers
wouldn't be paid $40 an hour, they'd be paid less, although the state would pay the company the entire $40.
are paid $15 to $26 per hour, while police officers receive $30 to $42 per hour.
Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a longtime proponent of introducing civilian flaggers
in the commonwealth.
But MassDOT figures provided to NECIR show that the average hourly rate for flaggers
in low bid contracts submitted from 2009 to 2011 is about $32 an hour for flaggers
- far less than the $37 average hourly rate for a detail officer.
Blanchard said the small town is seeing savings of about $12 to $20 an hour after hiring certified civilian flaggers
on the town's Department of Public Works for local projects.
The state should pay flaggers
at a lower rate, one commensurate with the demands of the job, and save the difference.
will not have police radios and will not be immediately alerted about fires or medical emergencies.
Police unions have been vocal and unrelenting in their opposition, citing two instances of crashes at work sites where flaggers
were on the job.
A total of 16 civilian flaggers
were working traffic details at state road construction sites yesterday, and transportation officials said they have designated 71 road construction projects where flaggers
would be used this year.
Use of civilian flaggers
would be encouraged on local projects, at the discretion of local officials, but police details would still be required for state work on heavily traveled roadways and interstates.
City of Eugene Public Works road maintenance, at various locations: Watch for workers and flaggers
BOSTON - The state's top officials yesterday said they will change the use of police details at road construction sites to allow civilian flaggers
on secondary and tertiary road projects, but a police union official doubts the changes will be widespread.
Road will remain open, but traffic will be controlled by flaggers
, as necessary.
Road will remain open but traffic will be controlled by flaggers
, as necessary.