Carried by the public sector, third-quarter construction bidding was up nearly 32 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area, according to the Chicago-based BidClerk Construction Index.
Public bidding was up 45.5 percent, while private was up 3.7 percent. Total contracts out to bid in the third quarter came in at $350 million, according to BidClerk.
Meanwhile, in Lancaster County, total bidding was up 67.7 percent. The private side carried the activity with an increase of 125 percent over last year. Public bidding was up 50 percent and contracts totaled $85 million for the quarter.
In Lebanon County, bidding was up 47.6 percent, according to BidClerk. Private bidding was up 100 percent, while the public work grew by 45 percent. Construction contracts totaled $30 million for the quarter.
And in the York-Hanover metro area, bidding was up 30.4 percent. Public bidding increased 84.6 percent, while private bidding fell by 40 percent, according to BidClerk. Contracts totaled $20 million.
In seven major-metro regions surveyed in Pennsylvania, overall construction that was actively bidding increased 42 percent compared with the third quarter of 2012. Private construction activity decreased 4.4 percent, but public construction was up 63.1 percent.
Total contract value for all construction projects reported on BidClerk was $3.7 billion in the third quarter. That was down from $4.3 billion in the second quarter.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh accounted for $2.7 billion of that value.