Vermont Local Roads held a Work Zone and Flagging workshop January 20 in Milton. After a morning of instruction all 45 municipal workers in attendance passed a written certification test required every two years.
The workshop was instructed by Steve Jerome, Vermont Local Roads Circuit Rider. Jerome emphasized to all in attendance the importance of safety at the work site, and that it is critical to make sure compliance with the 2009 edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is met. Of the 53 reported Vermont work zone crashes in 2008, 15 took place with a flagger present, Jerome said.
A point stressed by Jerome was the language used in the 2009 MUTCD differed from the 2003 edition. Many section that were formerly worded with, “may” have been replaced with the mandatory, “shall.” A PDF version of the 2009 MUTCD is available for download on the Vermont Local Roads Web site on the homepage. It is something each garage should have, Jerome said. Retro reflectivity requirements in the class 2 vest have been increased. Required by the MUTCD is a vest with the serial number 107-004. The group got a look at the vest and how it differed from the previous version.
After a discussion on the fundamental flagging principles and proper set-up of the work zone into the four sections, the group ventured outside amid the snow flurries to take a look at a hypothetical situation that Jerome envisioned for Bombardier Road in Milton. The group returned inside and split into teams to design a daily traffic control plan for the hypothetical work site. Having the plan on site is a MUTCD requirement, Jerome said.
Vermont Local Roads will hold two more work zones and flagging workshops in the upcoming month- February 10 in Lyndon and February 24 in Wilmington. Registration is still open for both workshops on the Vermont Local Roads Web site, or by calling (800) 462-6555.
Make sure everyone in your crew is certified to flag in 2010.