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Transportation: Standards, Specs, Regs, & Laws

Primary guide for transportation engineering students and researchers

Standards Orders - PLEASE READ!

UK Faculty, Staff and Affiliates:

UK Libraries is now providing free access to digital ASTM  Book of Standards.  Please be aware there may be a click-thru license agreement that you will need to agree to to before you get to the site.  You will not need to pay for any standards.

All other standards (ISO, IEC, etc.) will need to be purchased. See links below.  Please be aware many standards organizations have equivalent standards so you may want to check the digital collection above before purchasing.

 Please contact Sue Smith if you have any issues or need assistance.

More Standards & Specifications

For more in-depth information and resources on standards and specifications, see the following UK Libraries' Research Guide:


Standards:  A technical standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. (Wikipedia)

Specifications:  An explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, or service. (Wikipedia)

Regulations:  An authoritative rule dealing with details or procedure (ex. safety regulations).  A rule or order issued by an executive authority or regulatory agency of a government and having the force of law. (Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary)

Statutes: Laws enacted by the legislative branch of a government. (Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary)

Transportation Standards & Specifications

Following are some resources for transportation-related standards and specifications.

Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Individual specifications and tests are available for purchase from AASHTO or SAI Global Standards InfoStore. Older print copies are available in the Science & Engineering Library.


Following are resources for transportation regulations..

Laws or Statutes

Following are resources for legislation, statutes, or laws.