Trump tariffs inflating cost of public works projects across the country: report

Contractors working on infrastructure projects across the country have reportedly had to contend with higher costs as a result of steel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration earlier this year.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday on infrastructure projects in Michigan, Virginia and Utah, where construction efforts have already dealt with increased costs associated with the tariffs.

For example, the cost of steel for construction on repairs to Detroit's Lower Rouge River have risen by about $1.3 million, according to Environmental Protection Agency data reported by Bloomberg.

A project engineer on a new wastewater treatment facility in Utah told the outlet that costs there shot up by roughly $29 million in part because of higher steel costs.


It's unclear how much of the costs are directly attributable to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed earlier this year, but Bloomberg cited a report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association that found 10 cents of every $1 spent on highway and bridge construction goes toward steel-related materials.

The added costs generally fall to the contractors working on each project, Bloomberg noted.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE imposed the tariffs earlier this year on the grounds of national security, despite resistance from GOP and Democratic lawmakers.

The president has retained the tariffs in the months since, insisting that they are necessary to ensure fair trade deals with other countries.

The administration has since negotiated trade deals with South Korea, Canada and Mexico, and is in talks with China. However, the tariffs have largely remained in place.

The tariffs could complicate infrastructure projects at home, even as the subject is one area where the president and Democrats could find common ground moving forward.

Vice President Pence told Hill.TV in an interview last month that he expects Trump to push an infrastructure reform package after the new Congress is sworn in next year.