Traffic Control Training

    Employees are trained for traffic control through the PennDOT Flagger Training Program, and receive their PennDOT Flagger Certification upon successful completion of the course.

    All Flaggers and Escort Drivers will be PENNDOT Certified.

    The minimum flagger training guidelines include the following:

    • Why flagging is important
    • Fundamental principles of work zone traffic control
    – Component parts of the work zone
    – Channelization devices, spacing
    – Tapers
    – Buffer Space
    – Visibility to approaching drivers
    • Human factors – driver attitude, expectation, reaction
    • Qualifications of a flagger
    • Clothing
    • Flagger Operations
    – Setting up the flagger station
    – Signaling devices and when used
    – Hand signaling procedure
    – Communications
    – Two-flagger operations
    – Single flagger operations
    – Flagging in intersections
    – Nighttime flagging
    – Emergency situations
    • Flagging in adverse weather conditions
    • Sign requirements
    • Practical exercise

    All employees at the end of the course should be able to:
    • Describe why flagging is important
    • Describe flagger qualifications
    • Ensure the flagger station complies with Publication 212, Publication 213, and the MUTCD
    • Gather all necessary equipment
    • Select the proper flagging station/position/location
    • Control traffic using the stop/slow paddle
    • Control traffic using the red flag
    • Control two-way traffic in one lane of a highway
    • Control traffic at an intersection
    • Recognize and be able to control traffic in unique or special flagging situations
    • Control traffic at night and recognize a safe nighttime flagging operation
    • Communicate with co-workers and the public

    All Employees must pass a written, closed book exam consisting of a minimum of 20 questions. Passing is 70%, and must be obtained before being employed.

    Re-training is required every 3 years.

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