Pavement Distress Inventory

Pavement distress is an essential component in defining the status of a pavement and can be useful in selecting appropriate preservation treatments.

Pavement distresses include cracking, rutting, raveling, or other types of surface deterioration that indicate a decline in the pavement’s surface condition or structural load-carrying capacity. A pavement distress dictionary will improve communications within the pavement community by fostering more uniform and consistent definitions of pavement distress. Highway agencies, airports, parking facilities, and others with significant investment in pavements will benefit from adopting a standard distress language.