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State highway contractors looking to fill jobs
Campaign aims to raise awareness of road construction careers
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Highway contractors throughout southeast Georgia are hiring.

The passage of the $900 million-a-year Transportation Funding Act (TFA) by the Georgia Legislature in 2015 is providing much-needed funding for the expansion, improvement and repair of Georgia’s infrastructure. With the increase in road projects, Georgia’s highway contractors currently have hundreds of jobs to fill.

To help raise awareness about the need for workers, the Georgia Highway Contractors Association (GHCA) last year launched the Fast Lane to Jobs campaign, which seeks to educate prospective workers about the many types of road jobs available and the benefits of a career in this sector.

Most importantly, the campaign is connecting potential highway construction workers with contractors that are actively hiring throughout the state.

“In southeast Georgia, contractors currently need many types of workers. While some previous highway and asphalt construction experience is ideal and helpful, for many of the jobs, no experience is required and training is provided on the job, said Robert Royal, vice president and general manager with Preferred Materials Inc. in Savannah. “The highway construction industry is one of the few not requiring a high school diploma or college degree. While the work can be difficult, the average pay is high and the opportunities for advancement are numerous.”

There are job openings across all aspects of road construction, including asphalt paving workers, asphalt plant operators, concrete laborers, highway bridge carpenters, heavy equipment operators and mechanics, commercial truck drivers and traffic control workers.

To learn more about careers in road construction, visit In addition to educational information about the many job types, the site includes average salaries, typical career paths and an interactive map showing which highway contractors are hiring in various regions around the state, including southeast Georgia.

The site also highlights career possibilities for women and is available in Spanish.

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