ODOT warns staffing shortage could lead to slick roads this winter season

ODOT said drivers should expect more snow on the roads, less road treatment and even road closures as the agency tries to fill dozens of open driver positions.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is warning staffing shortages — especially a lack of snow plow drivers — could make for difficult driving this winter.

“You may see more snow on the road, you may see a little bit less treatment, so we are really recommending that folks take their time,” said Ted Miller with ODOT. 

ODOT was already short-staffed in 2020, and now the problem is following the agency into 2021.

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