Major Group: 16—Heavy Construction Other Than Building Construction Contractors

This major group includes general contractors primarily engaged in heavy construction other than building, such as highways and streets, bridges, sewers, railroads, irrigation projects, flood control projects and marine construction, and special trade contractors primarily engaged in activities of a type that are clearly specialized to such heavy construction and are not normally performed on buildings or building-related projects. Specialized activities that are covered here include grading for highways and airport runways; guardrail construction; installation of highway signs; trenching; underwater rock removal; and asphalt and concrete construction of roads, highways, streets and public sidewalks. Establishments primarily engaged in specialized activities that may be performed on buildings or on other heavy construction projects are classified in Major Group 17. These include contractors primarily engaged in painting (including bridge painting and traffic lane painting), electrical work (including work on bridges, power lines, and power plants), and carpentry work.

Codes Titles Number of US Businesses
Industry Group 161: Highway And Street Construction, Except
1611Highway and Street Construction, Except Elevated Highways23,776
Industry Group 162: Heavy Construction, Except Highway And Street
1622Bridge, Tunnel, and Elevated Highway Construction1,200
1623Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction11,857
1629Heavy Construction, Not Elsewhere Classified12,948