|12-yard truck||74% ↑|
|Diesel fuel||304% ↑|
|Plow blades||89% ↑|
|U-Channel sign post||95% ↑|
|Traffic signal cable||140% ↑|
|Winter plow truck||15% ↑|
|Plow blades||22% ↑|
|Aluminum sign blank||12% ↑|
|Sign posts||39% – 55% ↑|
|Calcium chloride||17% ↑|
|Herbicides – broadleaf||48% ↑|
|Herbicides – glyphosate||89% ↑|
|Adopt-A-Highway bags||58% ↑|
As road funding revenues continue to decline, the cost of the materials and equipment we use continue to rise, such as salt, sand, asphalt, gravel, plow trucks and even sign posts.
In addition, some of the vendors we buy materials from are adding a fuel surcharge for every delivery they make. That means that we are not only paying more to purchase them, we’re also paying more to have those items delivered.
The increase in cost would not be as significant if road funding revenues were increasing at the same rate; however, they are not increasing, they are declining.
Reduced funding levels and skyrocketing costs have made it difficult for us and many other road agencies to undertake large construction or reconstruction projects without federal aid.
The illustration below shows that the Consumer Price Index has been outpaced by materials cost since 2005. Meanwhile, MTF revenue is decreasing.