The Missouri Department of Transportation is still grappling with a worker shortage. On a positive note, Director Patrick McKenna told Missourinet he feels like MoDOT has already hit bottom and has since stabilized.

“What we see right now – and this is huge appreciation to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, Governor Parson, and the General Assembly – they’ve taken some actions in the last couple of years that have made a difference,” McKenna said.

Those actions include pay raises that can adjust to inflation as needed. That said, there is still a critical shortage of snowplow drivers across Missouri less than a month into winter.

“We have approximately 500 vacancies department-wide right now,” McKenna said. “We’re also down in authorized positions over the last several years.”

McKenna said MoDOT will be asking lawmakers to create 350 more positions when they put together the state budget for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins July 1st. Meanwhile, those interested in applying for snowplow and maintenance work can visit

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