The downturn in civil construction throughout Australia is deepening as the benefit of a road building boom has failed thus far to offset the massive pull-back in resource related investment.

Releasing its latest data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says the overall value of engineering construction work done (seasonally adjusted) fell by 2.1 percent in the December quarter to come in at $19.696 billion – down 18.1 percent from its level a year earlier. This came as an 8.6 percent…