Each year, state and local governments spend more than $250 billion on construction of roads, schools and other public infrastructure.
The U.S. Census Bureau publishes monthly estimates representing the "value of construction put in place" for new structures and improvements. Figures are published as annual rates and represent construction projects that are underway, regardless of when contractors actually receive payments or when a project began.
Select a category from the menu below to view historical national spending data for various types of public infrastructure projects. Spending data shown covers the following types of construction: residential, multi-family, nonresidential, office, commercial, automotive, parking, health care, hospital, medical building, special care, educational, primary/secondary school, elementary school, middle/junior high, high school, higher education, instructional, dormitory, sports/recreation, infrastructure, other educational, library/archive, public safety, correctional, detention, police/sheriff, other public safety, fire/rescue, amusement and recreation, sports, performance/meeting center, convention center, social center, neighborhood center, park/camp, transportation, air transportation, passenger terminal, runway, land, passenger terminal, mass transit, water, dock/marina, power, highway and street, pavement, lighting, bridge, rest facility, sewage and waste disposal, sewage/dry waste, plant, line/pump station, waste water, plant, line/drain, water supply, plant, line, pump station, conservation and development, dam/levee and breakwater/jetty. See a list of definitions for a description of each public infrastructure category.
Local governments in nearly all states reported slight increases in staffing for accounting, budgeting and other areas of public finance.
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More than a year after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of the nation's first urban infrastructure bank it has not broken ground on a single venture. The slow start is being attributed to the lack of a working model, which means building policies for how the bank will operate from scratch.