ASTM E1703 / E1703M - 10

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Rut-Depth of Pavement Surfaces Using a Straightedge

    Active Standard ASTM E1703 / E1703M | Developed by Subcommittee: E17.31

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    Rutted pavement surfaces may have an adverse influence on vehicle handling characteristics and may impede surface drainage, which may reduce friction properties and contribute to hydroplaning. Rutting indicates deformation or wear of materials in the pavement and may be indicative of problems such as asphalt flow, consolidation, shear, or loss of pavement materials.

    The rut-depth value obtained using this test method may not correlate well with values obtained using other methods.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the procedure for the measurement of the depth of the rut at a chosen location in a pavement surface using a straightedge and a gauge.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text, the inch-pound units are shown in parentheses. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the specification.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E867 Terminology Relating to Vehicle-Pavement Systems

    E2133 Test Method for Using a Rolling Inclinometer to Measure Longitudinal and Transverse Profiles of a Traveled Surface


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30120000(Roads and landscape); 41114508(Surface testers)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1703_E1703M-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1703 / E1703M-10, Standard Test Method for Measuring Rut-Depth of Pavement Surfaces Using a Straightedge, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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