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Inside the Dodge Report

RR062019 DodgeDataJune 20, 2019 – Dodge Data and Analytics released its latest construction-starts report. Highway and bridge construction eased back 2% in May following 8% improvement over the previous two months. May is traditionally the start of warmer weather, so it is surprising to see a decline. However, weather conditions have been sketchy, to say the least. The top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts in May were California, Texas, Illinois, New York and Florida. The public works categories as a group slipped 1% in May, due to a mixed performance by the individual project types. The miscellaneous public works category, which includes such diverse segments as site work, rail transit and pipelines, increased 20% as the $800 million Metro Green Line Southwest light rail transit in Minnetonka, Minn.,was included as a May start. Water supply construction rose 23% in May, helped by such projects as the $92 million Oak Ridge Outfall Treatment Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and an $87 million water reclamation plant upgrade in Valencia, Calif. On the negative side, the river/harbor development category dropped 22% in May, while sewer construction retreated 24% even with the start of a $118 million wastewater pumping station upgrade in Honolulu, Hawaii.