Highway Maintenance Workers

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Highway Maintenance Workers

Highway Maintenance Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, highway maintenance workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of drivers and coworkers.
  • Have a medium level of social contact. Maintenance workers often work in teams, but may also spend time working alone.
  • Communicate in person on a daily basis. They communicate less often by telephone and e-mail.
  • Regularly work in a group or as part of a team.
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  • Are responsible for the work outcomes and results of other workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work mainly outdoors. In addition, they regularly drive enclosed vehicles, such as trucks, and open vehicles, such as mowers.
  • Nearly always wear protective attire, such as gloves, hats, and work boots.
  • Are constantly exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures while working outdoors.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants, such as when spreading asphalt.
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  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
  • Are often exposed to whole body vibration.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • Are often exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting conditions.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that may result in cuts or minor burns.
  • Work near others, usually within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could affect the safety of the roads they maintain.
  • Make decisions that affect others on a weekly basis. This is because they make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
  • Set some tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor, but usually consult with another first.
  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment.


  • Usually work full time.
  • Generally work a set schedule. However, they may work overtime to meet deadlines. This may include working weekends and holidays.
  • May work seasonally.
  • May travel to areas where workers are needed.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.