Delaware Owner Operator Jobs
Owner Operator Jobs in Delaware
Delaware is a tiny state with huge gridlock problems. For the owner operator in Delaware, the daily snarl on the state’s portion of I-95 can waste a lot of time, fuel and money. 230,000 vehicles move daily on the 23 miles of the Interstate. The roadway is busy all day, but during morning and afternoon commute times, traffic moves at a snail’s pace.
Because I-95 is so crowded, many local residents have taken to secondary routes. Unfortunately, these secondary highways like Route 41 and the Kirkwood Highway are rapidly becoming as choked as the Interstate. Truck drivers aren’t able to totally avoid driving during commute hours due to pickup and delivery schedules, but any adjustments the driver can make should be considered to prevent idling in the daily stalled traffic. Conditions on many other Delaware roadways aren’t much better. A consultant's report in 2005 found that 33 percent of Delaware’s urban highways were congested. The study also found that 27 percent of roads were in poor to mediocre condition, and 16 percent of bridges were deficient or obsolete. With 71 percent of all freight from sites in Delaware traveling by truck, the congestion and poor infrastructure condition is a big problem for truckers.
Delaware is aware of the difficulties faced by truck drivers. A DELDOT transportation improvement study addressed the need for improvements for the trucking and other segments of the freight transport industry. Improvements include building bypasses around urban and other congested areas. Reconfiguring select interchanges was also recommended. The Port of Wilmington was specifically studied for needed improvements. With other Eastern Seaboard ports at or over capacity, Delaware expects increased use of their port facilities. Increased traffic to the Port will require significant improvements in nearby interchanges and roadways to accommodate increased truck traffic.
The lack of adequate rest facilities for drivers was also mentioned in the report. At least two new rest stops were recommended, one each at the northern and southern ends of the State. A rest area at or near the Port was also suggested.
There are also over 300 trucking companies that may have owner operator trucking jobs available at any given time, not only in larger cities like Dover but all across the state. Though it's a small state, the opportunities to find owner operator jobs and have true control of your trucking career abound in Delaware.