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Highway Maintenance Market Size - By Service Type (Road Surface Repair and Resurfacing, Signage and Markings, Drainage Maintenance), Contract Type (Outsourced Maintenance Contracts, In-House Maintenance Teams), Highway Type & Global Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7535
  • Published Date: Nov 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Highway Maintenance Market Size

Highway Maintenance Market size was valued at USD 7.8 billion in 2022 and is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.2% between 2023 and 2032. Many highways and roadways in various countries are aging, leading to increased maintenance and repair needs.

Highway Maintenance Market

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Based on the 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, approximately 43% of the public roadways in the United States are currently in poor or mediocre condition due to increasing wear and tear. This percentage has remained unchanged over the past several years. Aging infrastructure can result in issues such as potholes, cracks, and structural deficiencies, necessitating ongoing maintenance efforts to ensure the safety and functionality of the road networks.

Government initiatives and funding play a crucial role in driving the highway maintenance market. Investments in infrastructure development and maintenance projects are often driven by government policies and budgets. For instance, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates more than USD 300 billion to the repair and reconstruction of roads and bridges in the United States. It has initiated enhancements on 135,800 miles of roads and commenced over 7,800 projects for the repair of bridges, thereby enhancing safety and re-establishing connections within communities nationwide. Increased government spending on transportation infrastructure can boost the demand for highway maintenance services and products.

Regulatory hurdles and complex approval processes can slow down highway maintenance projects. Stringent regulations, environmental considerations, and compliance requirements may add complexity to the planning and execution of maintenance activities. Navigating through these regulatory challenges can lead to delays and increased costs for highway maintenance initiatives.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the highway maintenance market. Lockdowns and restrictions led to reduced traffic volume, affecting revenue from fuel taxes that fund maintenance projects. Governments, facing economic challenges, diverted resources to pandemic response, often resulting in delayed or scaled-back maintenance initiatives. Supply chain disruptions also affected the availability of materials. The overall economic uncertainty and shifting priorities during the pandemic created obstacles to sustained investment and timely execution of highway maintenance projects.

Highway Maintenance Market Trends

Sustainable practices and materials will help carve a healthy growth trajectory for the highway maintenance industry. There is a growing emphasis on sustainability in infrastructure projects, including highway maintenance. Future trends may involve the adoption of eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient technologies, and environmentally conscious practices in road maintenance.

For instance, in November 2023, SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) Private Limited and the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Development Foundation (IITRDF) unveiled a collaborative venture, signaling a significant stride in sustainable infrastructure development. The joint effort, encapsulated in the CSR project "Unravelling the Characteristics of Ultra-High-Performance Concrete: From Micro to Macro," seeks to decode the complexities of Ultra-High-Performance Concrete. Employing state-of-the-art research methodologies, this partnership aims to revolutionize the construction industry's approach to creating enduring and robust infrastructure. This shift towards sustainability aims to reduce the environmental impact of maintenance activities while promoting longevity and resilience in road infrastructure.


Highway Maintenance Market Analysis

Highway Maintenance Market Size, By Service Type, 2021-2032, (USD Billion)

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Based on service type, the market is categorized into road surface repair and resurfacing, signage and markings, drainage maintenance, and others. In 2022, road surface repair and resurfacing held major revenue share in the market. The demand for road surface repair and resurfacing services is primarily driven by the continual wear and tear of road infrastructure. Factors such as heavy traffic loads, adverse weather conditions, and aging surfaces contribute to the degradation of roads over time.

Governments and municipalities, recognizing the importance of maintaining safe and efficient transportation networks, invest in repair and resurfacing projects to address potholes, cracks, and surface deterioration. Additionally, advancements in technology and materials drive the need for modernization, promoting smoother and more durable road surfaces, further fueling the demand for these essential services.


Highway Maintenance Market Share, By Contract Type, 2022

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Based on contract type, the outsourced maintenance contracts segment held over 68% of the highway maintenance market share in 2022. Outsourcing allows governments and authorities to tap into specialized expertise, ensuring that maintenance tasks are handled by professionals with the requisite skills and experience. It often proves cost-effective, as external contractors can streamline operations, reduce overheads, and bring efficiency through economies of scale. Besides, outsourcing enables a more flexible allocation of resources, allowing for a swift response to maintenance needs. Overall, it provides a strategic approach, leveraging external proficiency to enhance the quality and longevity of highway infrastructure.

Asia Pacific Highway Maintenance Market Size, 2021-2032 ( USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific highway maintenance market accounted for 35% of the revenue share in 2022, due to rapid urbanization and extensive infrastructure development. With burgeoning populations and increased urban migration, there's a heightened demand for efficient transportation networks. Governments in countries like China, India, and Southeast Asian nations are investing significantly in expanding and upgrading their road infrastructure.

The need for ongoing maintenance, repair, and modernization of highways is critical to ensure the safety and functionality of these networks. This sustained commitment to infrastructure development, coupled with the adoption of advanced technologies, positions the Asia Pacific region as a dynamic hub for the thriving highway maintenance industry.

Highway Maintenance Market Share

Major companies operating in the highway maintenance industry are:

  • Amey plc
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Colas Group
  • Eurovia
  • Ferrovial Services
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG
  • Galliford Try
  • Graham Construction
  • Interserve Group Limited
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
  • Kier Group
  • Skanska AB
  • Tarmac

Colas Group and Balfour Beatty are the major companies operating in the highway maintenance market. Companies in this space are deploying strategic initiatives such as technological integration for efficient operations, forming collaborative partnerships, embracing sustainable practices, and prioritizing innovation. These approaches enhance their market presence, foster growth, and address evolving challenges in the dynamic infrastructure sector.

Highway Maintenance Industry News

  • In May 2023, AECOM secured a contract from the Hong Kong government's highways department to provide design and project supervision services for the expansion of the Yuen Long Highway. The project involves widening a 3km segment between the Tong Yan San Tsuen and Lam Tei Quarry Interchange from a dual three-lane to a dual four-lane carriageway. This expansion aims to boost traffic capacity, alleviate congestion, and improve connectivity between upcoming developments in the northwest New Territories and the commissioned Route 11.

The highway maintenance market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Service Type

  • Road Surface Repair and Resurfacing
  • Signage and Markings
  • Drainage Maintenance
  • Others

Market, By Contract Type

  • Outsourced Maintenance Contracts
  • In-House Maintenance Teams

Market, By Highway Type

  • National Highway
  • State Highway
  • County Highway

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Nordics
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Southeast Asia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of highway maintenance reached USD 7.8 billion in 2022 and is set to grow at 4.2% CAGR between 2023 and 2032, backed by the need to ensure safety & functionality of aging road networks, along with the government initiatives & funding.
In 2022, the outsourced maintenance contracts segment held a market share of over 68% and are preferred for highway maintenance as outsourcing allows governments and authorities to tap into specialized expertise, ensuring that maintenance tasks are handled by professionals with the requisite skills and experience.
Asia Pacific market was valued at 35% in 2022 and is flourishing due to rapid urbanization and extensive infrastructure development.
AECOM, Amey plc, Balfour Beatty, Colas Group, Eurovia, Ferrovial Services, Fluor Corporation, Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG, Galliford Try, and Graham Construction.

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Premium Report Details

  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 218
  • Countries covered: 24
  • Pages: 200
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