PRODUCER PRICES OF HIGHWAY AND STREET CONSTRUCTION

PRODUCER PRICES OF HIGHWAY AND STREET CONSTRUCTION

Producer Price Index: Highways and Streets (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

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Producer Price Index: Highways and Streets (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

Road Construction Costs (Index) (quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Road Construction Costs (Index) (quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

Highway and street construction prices for the 12 months ending in November 2001 declined at the fastest rate since the end of the previous recession. These construction producer prices exclude direct labor costs and are primarily composed of prices for primary commodities: lumber, iron, concrete. Because demand from the overall construction is sensitive to income, prices fro these components will be cyclical. Prices may lag changes in income due to the continuation of projects underway and contractual arrangements.

Construction prices for highways and streets represent the price to government in providing a key component of transportation infrastructure.

Producer Price Index (Jun-1986=100) Jan-01 Jan-02
Highways and streets  137.8  132.8
Highways and streets percent change from same month previous year   4.39  -3.63

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Data from October 2001 to January 2002 are preliminary.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, available at: http://www.bls.gov/ppi/.

Road Construction Costs Index: 1987 = 100 Q3 00 Q3 01
Road construction costs  137.9  140.6
Road construction costs percent change from same quarter previous year   4.63   1.96

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Trends in highway construction costs are measured by an index of average contract prices compiled from reports of state highway contract awards for federal-aid contracts greater than $500,000. Since the enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, the index reflects federal-aid contracts on the National Highway System.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, publication FHWA-IF-02-007, Jan. 10, 2002, and previous releases.