Salt trucks sit inside St. Joseph County Highway Department garage on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in South Bend. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
Salt trucks sit inside St. Joseph County Highway Department garage on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in South Bend. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
Residents of unincorporated St. Joseph County could wait longer to have their streets salted and plowed this winter, thanks to a driver shortage, the county announced.

The county highway division staff is down 20%, with nine full-time positions and 13 seasonal part-time positions open, the division announced this week.

As a result, the county has revised plow routes.

“For us, 20% is a high number to be down, especially when you’re looking at a certain amount of snow plow routes that you have, and if you take one out, that affects everything,” said Sky Medors, county engineer.

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The news comes as the National Weather Service has forecast the winter's first snow this weekend. The service was calling for a rain/snow mix Friday night and into Saturday morning, with a better chance for light snow late Saturday and Sunday nights.

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