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COLORADO TRAVEL: CDOT shortage of 191 workers could impact roads this winter

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DENVER (KDVR) — This winter, drivers could face more durable driving circumstances as a result of an ongoing business driver shortage.

The Colorado Department of Transportation at present has 191 open “transportation maintenance specialist” positions, in comparison with 77 vacancies final October, in keeping with the company.

The place contains plowing roads within the winter, filling potholes, fixing guardrails and different street upkeep work, officers say.

“We have shortages with our labor force throughout the state,” CDOT Communications Manager Bob Wilson mentioned.  “It’s a situation that a lot of industries are going through, trying to hire drivers.”

CDOT stresses I-70 within the mountains and different closely trafficked areas will take precedence when it snows, nonetheless some major arteries within the metro, reminiscent of Kipling and Federal Blvd., could take longer for crews to scrub up.

Highway 134 that goes over Gore Path is one other stretch that may probably take longer to get in keeping with CDOT.

“It’s difficult.  It’s a challenge,” Wilson mentioned. “We try to give incentives to bring people on, but it’s challenging when you’re competing with other industries that also need drivers.”

CDOT has been placing on profession gala’s since September. The final occasion for this 12 months is scheduled for Saturday in Fairplay.

CDOT presents almost $17,000 in advantages, with a beginning wage of about $40,000 yearly together with a ten% elevate within the first 12 months.