Shortage of plow drivers means longer waits for clear roads in some parts of Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to have about 1700 plow trucks on state roads during the height of the storm. That’s a little less than normal because of the shortage of drivers.

A snow plow works to clear a road
Ohio Department of Transportation Spokesman Matt Bruning said 3,300 drivers are working to clear roads, down a little from past years due to the inability to hire drivers.

“We hire about 500 seasonal positions each year. We hired about 75% of those positions this year. So it trends a little behind previous years. Certainly, it has been more of a challenge in our urban areas than elsewhere,” Bruning said.

He said while ODOT would like to have more drivers, they have the men and women needed to get the job done.

The unfilled positions are ones that supplement the full-time plow drivers. In some cases, employees who work in other capacities for ODOT will be taking on some of the driving duty to help keep the maximum number of plows on the roads. ODOT’s drivers have been trained how to do the job properly.

Last week, dozens of drivers on the Ohio Turnpike sustained damage to their vehicles when a plow forced debris over the median. Bruning pointed out the driver of the plow did not work for ODOT.

Bruning is urging Ohioans to stay home unless absolutely necessary because the fewer drivers on the road, the easier and quicker snow plows can work to get the job done.

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