November 14, 2021

This Seward Highway flagger is adding style to stop-and-go signals

Patrick Deacon stood in the middle of the Seward Highway, stop sign in hand, and watched the bore tide roll across the mudflats of Turnagain Arm on Monday afternoon. It was a momentary traffic respite during a long shift on a years-long construction job.

“It’s a beautiful view,” said Deacon, a flagger at the rockfall mitigation work zone near the McHugh Creek Trailhead. “I love it.”

For the northbound drivers, all eyes are on Deacon himself.

Deacon, dressed in neon workwear, uses unique traffic control motions that are both clearly communicated signals and stylistic interpretations for his…

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