WVDOH fights the lack of snow plow workers

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) worked all winter with a shortage of CDL-certified workers.

District 4, headquartered in Bridgeport, has shed 66 employees, 51 of whom are CDL certified.

To address the shortage, WVDOH pays for uncertified permanent workers to maintain their CDLs. In addition, 5 mechanic positions have to be filled. Temporary workers, CDL-certified, are also hired.

To apply for a permanent position, visit the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) website under Careers. Applications for mechanics and CDL drivers will be available from February 7th. Interested temporary workers can call (304) 842-3107 to begin the application process.

“It’s a very safe job, we always work outside on the road either weekends or evenings, we always have staff outside, especially now with the snow season, right after that we have our pothole season so we’ll be doing our pothole blitz so every pothole gets patched before Memorial Day,” said Aaron Stevens, deputy district engineer, District 4.

Pothole patching work during winter weather will be temporary, but the work will become more thorough as the weather warms. There will be no “throw and go” repairs where asphalt is thrown into the hole without prep. Potholes are milled out, stapled and patched with asphalt and then just rolled onto the ground. Holes that cannot be milled are squared and stapled, then patched and compacted.

Aaron Stevens, Deputy District Engineer, District 4, speaks to the community and talks about the labor shortage.

Work for new WVDOT employees continues throughout the year. Once the snow is cleared, patching, digging and stabilization work will continue for the rest of the year.

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