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Division of Highways looking to fill 500 jobs for new road projects

The road projects under the amendment are expected to create thousands of jobs throughout the next several years, but there are about 500 that need filled now in the Division of Highways. (WCHS/WVAH)

The road bond has passed, and jobs are ready to be filled in the Division of Highways before those projects get started.

The road projects under the amendment are expected to create thousands of jobs throughout the next several years, but there are about 500 that need filled now in the Division of Highways.

Right now the positions vary from inspectors for road and bridges, licensed commercial drivers, transportation workers, engineers, human resources representatives, finance and maintenance workers.

The Department of Transportation is in the recruitment process now and they anticipate that the list of 30 plus road projects will require up to 500 Division of Highways employees.

Director of Communications Brent Walker explained the hiring process will require a lot of work internally.

Once positions are filled, the specific road projects can be hired out to contractors. Walker said the Division of Highways will be working with Workforce West Virginia and the contractor’s association to find contracted workers to then bring in the thousands of jobs these projects will require throughout the next several years.

"Through the recruiting process to our team, to working with the private sector and getting new members to their team, I think it really can be part of what gov. Justice called a road to prosperity amendment but more of a road to prosperity economy recovery,” Walker said.

Right now, Walker said if you are a potential applicant for one of those positions, go to the Division of Personnel as the hiring process is getting started and let them know you are interested. The Division of Highways will also be visiting engineering schools like Marshall, West Virginia University and WVU Tech for job fairs.

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