NDOT Facing Severe Labor Shortage

March 8, 2023
NDOT acknowledges that pay is the main issue in retention

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is struggling to fill roles for its highway maintenance staff in North West Nevada. The vacancy rate is 65%.

This unfortunate news comes a few weeks after the US-395 expansion in North Valleys was announced by the agency.

Not only is NDOT facing a labor shortage with maintenance staff, but has a 95% vacancy rate with seasonal positions as well. The agency is reevaluating its way of operation, acknowledging pay is the main issue in retention.

Approximately, 55% of the NDOT workforce makes less than $50, 000 dollars a year, and in the last 14 years, state employees only saw an increase of 8%, and they say the next step lies in the hands of the governor's office.

"Governor Joe Lombardo is proposing a bill that will increase the pay for all state workers and I think that this proposal will help incentivize new employees and retain our current employees," said NDOT Public Information Officer Meg Ragonese.

NDOT will continue to perform a core function and prioritize key interstates such as mountain passes during these winter storms, but they do warn residents secondary routes in rural locations may see a delayed time response when it comes to clearing snow and maintaining roads.

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Source: MyNews4.com