Transportation Economic Trends

Value of Transportation Infrastructure and Other Assets

Transportation Economic Concepts: National Highway Construction Cost Index

This page highlights transportation economic concepts related to highway construction costs.

What is the National Highway Construction Cost Index?

The National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI), published quarterly since the first quarter of 2003, uses a database of successful bids on state highway projects that includes quotes on the specific items in the projects. The NHCCI measures from the perspective of the buyer (e.g., the state). It includes the costs of material and labor as well as profit and overhead. The average price charged is calculated for each item in each state, and these price changes are then combined into a national index based on a market basket of items.

Recommended citation
U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transportation Economic Trends (Washington, DC: 2020).

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the preeminent source of statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics, and provides context to decision makers and the public for understanding statistics on transportation.
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