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Wednesday, 17 November 2021 13:29

Snowplow Driver Shortage Affecting Several States Ahead of Winter

Written by Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather
The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeing a shortage of snowplow drivers ahead of the 2021-2022 winter season. The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeing a shortage of snowplow drivers ahead of the 2021-2022 winter season. Ohio Department of Transportation

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wasted no time in preparing to keep the roads clear during the approaching winter season---the salt barns are stocked, the trucks are prepped and all the pre-checks are done.

However, Ohio, along with at least five other states, is facing a critical setback: a shortage in snowplow drivers.

 

Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Rhode Island and Wyoming---all of which typically have snow coating the streets during the winter months---are still recruiting snowplow drivers this season. In addition, six of these states---Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, Missouri and Colorado---are each looking to hire more than 100 people for the job.

 

In Colorado, where winter operations are "the bread and butter" of the state's Department of Transportation (CDOT), the department is seeing a shortage of about 18% to 19% of its snowplow operators, John Lorme, director of maintenance and operations for the CDOT, told AccuWeather national reporter Emmy Victor. Normally the department sees a shortage of around 10% when taking into account promotions, job turnover, etc.

 

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