Recruitment and Retention of Highway Maintenance Workers


The general lack of drivers from the Great Recession of 2008-2009 and the retiring of Baby Boomers, coupled with long hours and frigid work conditions, contributes to state DOTs’ struggles to find and retain highway maintenance workers.


This project’s goal was to provide state DOTs with information that can be used to more effectively recruit and retain highway maintenance workers. A related objective was to develop objective data about state DOTs’ recruitment and retention challenges that can be presented to state legislative committees or upper management in order to influence agency policy.


This project developed a concise guide of innovative but practical ways for DOTs to recruit and retain a highly proficient, productive, versatile, and committed roadway maintenance workforce. The final report includes case studies in several categories, including recruitment programs, retention strategies, recruitment and retention for underserved communities, recruitment and retention of the next generation, and capturing information to inform program improvements.

The Final Webinar took place on June 21, 2021.