KDOT short on road equipment operators
Road fund tapped for budget
TOPEKA, Ks — The Kansas Department of Transportation struggles to keep road equipment operators from quitting.
KDOT has a 100 percent annual turnover rate among entry level equipment operators who handle winter tasks like filling potholes after snow storms or repair signs.
KDOT said it needs almost 1,200 operators to drive trucks but only 640 of the jobs are filled.
The state started a 10-year transportation program in 2010 meant to tackle safety issues and modernize bottlenecked stretches. But nearly $2.5 billion was diverted to other parts of state government to close budget shortfalls.
Governor Laura Kelly’s proposed spending blueprint for the next fiscal year still diverts $369 million, and her stated goal is to end the practice by 2023.
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