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Connecticut is short more than 100 snowplow drivers as winter approaches

Connecticut is facing a shortage of snowplow drivers. State transportation officials want to hire almost 140 more drivers to clear roads and put down salt this winter. 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has licensed almost 890 snowplow drivers so far. That’s about what the state had last year. However, that’s 13% fewer drivers than in previous years. 

The state has also seen a shortage in qualified applicants to do snow removal. The job requires a commercial driver’s license in Connecticut. 

AccuWeather reports show at least 11 states trying to keep up with the shortage this year. Drivers are experiencing supply chain issues.

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A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's afternoon news editor. Formally WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief, he has reported for public radio stations, including bylines with WSHU, WNYC, WBUR, WNPR and NPR. J.D. has reported on healthcare and small businesses for "Long Island Business News" and real estate and land-use for The Press News Group newspapers. He also hosted, produced and engineered award-winning programs at WUSB Stony Brook. An avid fencer in his free time, J.D. holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from Stony Brook University and an M.S. in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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