DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — With the recent sunshine and warm temperatures. Winter is the last thing on many people’s minds. But that’s not the case for PennDOT as they’re looking to hire more drivers ahead of the drop in temps.

“Winter is coming. We are preparing by getting our manpower equipment and materials prepared for the winter season. We are ready to go,” stated Jessica Ruddy, the Community Relations Coordinator for PennDOT District 4.

PennDOT has been prepping for the first snowfall since the end of last winter. Loading up on 100,000 tons of salt and more than 1 million gallons of brine.

Just weeks away from winter, PennDOT is seeing a shortage of its workers. Most importantly, CDL truck operators.

“We’re hiring operators at $21 per hour, our diesel mechanics at $26 an hour, and we’re also hiring welders,” said Loni Shalkowski, Acting Maintenance Services Engineer for PennDOT.

Officials say they’ve already hired 50 employees. But still, need about 50 more for the season.

“Their major duties are focused on snow removal and motor operations, however when the winter does cooperate, they can perform core maintenance activities such as cracked ceiling, brush cutting, tree trimming, and litter pick-up,” Shalkowski added.

PennDOT says there’s a science to the winter season and whether you’re new to the field or an experienced driver, they’re urging drivers to join its workforce.

“For snow plow truck drivers, they are required to have a CDL, a good work ethic, and be ready to work because I think we’re going to have a busy winter season,” Ruddy continued.

As PennDOT officials prepare for the first snowfall, they want to remind drivers to take their time in the winter and be cautious of ‘plow trucks.’

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