Soils maps, and particularly engineering soil maps, are proving to be desirable in the planning and design stages of many types of structures and land developments. Engineers and community planners, and even administrators, are becoming increasingly appreciative of such information during the very earliest stages of planning and site selection. Problems associated with foundations, drainage, and soil behavior may be recognized early through the use of adequate soil maps.

At present there is no single source of information which presents the engineering characteristics of the soils of Kentucky. When such information is desired, detailed onsite investigations are made. When such data are not available for preliminary reconnaissance, explorations are often conducted after the site has been selected. Engineering soil surveys and maps, if available, can be used to great advantage in four major ways by engineers and planners:

  1. To make soil-reconnaissance surveys,
  2. To locate construction material deposits,
  3. To organize and check field surveys, and
  4. To correlate performances with soil type.

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No. 238

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The opinions, findings, and conclusions in this report are not necessarily those of the Department of Highways or the Bureau of Public Roads.