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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Road and Bridge Construction industry's performance has fluctuated over the past five years, reflecting the start-up and completion of large-scale motorway, bridge and tunnel developments. The industry has been influenced by the capital expenditure policies of the federal and state governments, along with the long-term trend towards the greater involvement of private sector equity in toll roads.

Industry revenue is expected to grow by an annualised 0.7% over the five years through 2016-17. This subdued overall pace of expansion masks the wide fluctuations in industry activity. The construction of roads and bridges fell sharply during 2013-14 and 2014-15 due to the completion of several major projects...

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The cost structure for road and bridge construction operations varies substantially between various contractors, based on the size and diversity of operations and specific ownership structures. Public road authorities typically contract out much of their construction activity. As a result, these companies tend to have higher depreciation charges associated with capital invested in transport infrastructure assets, and comparatively low plant hire expenses. Large-scale civil construction firms tend to have high direct employment expenses relative to smaller contractors, treating labour as a variable cost and including owner-operator income in operating profit.


The industry's profit margin is estimated at 6.1% o..

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What is the Road and Bridge Construction Industry?

Industry firms construct, repair and maintain roads, bridges, aerodrome runways and parking lots. Firms also carry out the quarrying of earth, soil or filling, in conjunction with road or bridge construction.

Industry Products
Road and tunnel construction
Bridge and overpass construction
Maintenance and repairs to infrastructure
Alterations and additions to existing structures
Other non-road construction
Industry Activities
Road construction or sealing
Asphalt and concrete pavement surfacing and repair
Bridge construction
Repair or maintenance of roads, bridges and tunnels
Road sub-base or fill quarrying (in conjunction with road construction)
Kerbing, guttering and road tunnel construction
Associated road construction services (e.g. drainage and lighting installation)
Airport runway construction
Parking lot construction (except buildings)
Pedestrian overpasses and cycle path construction

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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