GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Winter in Colorado is sure to cause some travel headaches, especially along I-70.
For CDOT, that headache is an employment problem.
“In years past, we've struggled a little bit, (but) this year we're struggling a little bit more,” said Karl Lehmann, with CDOT.
Right now, CDOT has 100 open snowplow driver positions. About half of those are in the Western Slope region. They said a good economy is to blame.
"The economy is just so much stronger this year, so we're trying to create new incentives to try to recruit people,” said Lehmann.
In fact, CDOT upped the hourly pay for temporary workers from $19 an hour to $22 an hour, and they are willing to re-hire retirees at their ending pay, or at $25 an hour.
However, none of those jobs are currently available in Grand Junction right, mainly because other places have more priority, like the high country, and people tend to make a career out of plowing on the Western Slope.
"Close to 95 percent of our employees have 15, 20 years plus," said Trevor Allen, a supervisor.
When the mountains needs help, Valley drivers fill the need.
"We become the back fill for the higher country, a lot of our guys go up country to fill those positions," said Allen. "So, that makes less plow workers here.”
CDOT hopes to fill positions as soon as possible. If you’re interested in applying, follow the link on the side of the article.