Engineering soils and geologic maps are proving to be invaluable to engineers, industrial leaders, community planners, and administrators during the preliminary stages of planning and site selection. Quantitative engineering data on soils and geological formations, and the interpretation of these data, are important factors to consider in developing the best land-use plans and providing stable foundations for highways, buildings, and other structures, such as dams. Information of this type, when available, is being used by public and private organizations in planning urban development. Engineering soils and geologic maps can be used to great advantage in four major ways by planners and engineers to 1) make soil and geological recmmaissance surverys, 2) organize and check field surveys, 3) correlate performance with soil and geological types, and 4) locate construction material deposits.

Reorgnizing the need and demand for this type of information, the Research Division of the Kentucky Department of Highways has undertaken a pilot study to develop the engineering geognosy of a selected area in Kentucky. The area reported herein is located in the vicinity of Bowling Green.

This report discusses the engineering and geologic properties of unconsolidated surfical deposits and consolidated bedrock materials in Warren County, Kentucky. It is based on an interpretation of engineering test data retrieved and summarized from Kentucky Department of Highways' design and oonstruction plans for routes I 65, US 31 W, KY 67, and the Bowling Green-Owensboro Parkway and published geologic and soil reports (3, 5, 6, 7). Engineering soils and geologic maps and interpretations presented in this report should be viewed from a standpoint of rapidly providing generalized engineering and geologic information of the different soil and rock materials in the subject area. For important earthwork and foundation engineering purposes and for detailed and specific data, it is recommended that the soil and rock materials at a particular site be explored and tested thoroughly.

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No. 279

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