“Like every other employer right now, we are struggling to find qualified workers to fill these positions this year,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “We’re doing everything we can to recruit the help we need to supplement our winter operations, but we do have concerns about finding drivers and mechanics in this challenging job market.”
ODOT aims to have main roads cleared within two hours of a snow event and secondary roads back up within four hours. Last year, drivers hit that goal 95% of the time, according to the state. If ODOT is unable to hire enough plow drivers, it could take longer for roads to be cleared.