The life of a highway flagger
Precision Highway Contractors Inc. project foreman Mitch Johnson looks through his tool box May 22 while traffic makes it way through the road construction site on U.S. Highway 2 east of Havre.
There are two seasons in Montana, winter and road construction, or so the old joke says.
While construction crews toil away with all manner of heavy equipment on the inside of a construction project and get the recognition for building or repairing the roadways, it's the unsung heroes of the sign crew who orchestrate the dance of workers, machines and travelers, maintaining the balance between progress and safety.
"People think that flagging is such an easy job, you just stand there with the paddle," or stop/slow traffic sign, but this notion is far from the reality of the job, said Kari Dvorak, president and co-owner with Vice President Jason Heitz, of Precision Highway Contractors Inc. out of Billings.
"There's just a whole bunch of logistics that have to fall into place properly for it to work out well and to keep the crews and the traveling public as safe as possible and yet still allow the traffic to flow the best that it can given the fact that we're under construction," Dv...
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