St. Louis County is in need of assistance for snow plow season as it endures a major driver shortage.
Currently, the Department of Transportation and Public Works is facing challenges due to staffing shortages with more than 30 maintenance driver vacancies. To combat this, bids are open for each of the five maintenance districts. Vendors will be able to bid on individual districts.
There are two districts for bid in South County:
District 4: 10996 Kohrs Road, Saint Louis, 63123
District 5: 555 Cliff Cave Road, Saint Louis, 63129
Other maintenance districts out for bid are:
District 1: 4050 Seven Hills Drive, Florissant, 63033
District 2: 11201 Schaefer Drive, Maryland Heights, 63043
District 3: 10699 Ruck Road, Saint Louis, 63021
“With 199 plow drivers and 35,000 tons of rock salt, our department is usually a formidable snow-fighting force,” Stephanie Leon Streeter, acting director for the Department of Transportation and Public Works said. “However, with so many open positions our snow removal response will be challenging this year. We need help to keep our road system safe for drivers.”
The county’s winter operations team works 12-hour shifts when a snow or ice storm is happening. Plows deploy from the Division of Operation’s five district facilities. Each district facility has its own salt dome and is staffed with individual teams of mechanics to keep the trucks running. The county maintains 3,166 miles of road.
Bids are due Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. and the invitation can be found here. To prevent bid disqualification, questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.