West Virginia Division of Highways is thinking ahead to keep drivers safe in snow and ice.
Drivers in WVDOH District 1 just finished their dry runs for winter snowplow routes.
“We want to make sure that our trucks are well-maintained, greased and that all the equipment is working properly,” said District 1 Maintenance Engineer Kathy Rushworth.
Running snowplow routes early also allows drivers to familiarize themselves with their routes and get used to driving the snowplows, which handle differently with plows on the front than they do during their summer job as dump trucks.
District 1 has 215 drivers assigned to drive plows in the snow and ice. They’re the same men and women responsible for cutting grass, trimming trees, cutting ditches and doing other maintenance work during the spring, summer, and fall. For DOH, taking care of the roadways is a year-round job.
Rushworth said there is room for more drivers, and there are jobs available for Transportation Workers not only in District 1, but statewide.
To apply for a job as a transportation worker or any other position within WVDOH, visit https://transportation.wv.gov and click on “WVDOT Careers.” The page will explain the hiring process and provide links to available jobs.