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For decades, Department of Transportation (DOT) officials have recognized the importance of grooving on bridge deck surfaces to reduce hydroplaning risks, increase water drainage and aid in vehicle control. DOTs have found the low cost invested to groove the deck offers the best return on investment for the entire project. Statistics show a clear relationship between grooved surfaces and a reduction in accidents.

The same is true for airport runways - safety is paramount. Pilots have observed that transverse grooved surfaces drastically reduce all types of skids on wet or flooded runways and provide positive nose-wheel steering during landing rollout. Grooved surfaces also prevent the onset of drift and weathervaning. Pilots find overall ground handling and stopping characteristics on grooved surfaces a dramatic improvement over ungrooved surfaces.

Whether you are searching for a roadway or airport runway solution, the IGGA offers a variety of resources to meet these needs. Below, please find case studies, technical articles, fact sheets and other resources.


Runway9L - 27R, Fort Lauderdale, FL - January 2011
Runway and Taxiway Pavement Improvements in DeKalb County, Georgia - February 2010
Runway Rehabilitation at Dyess Air Force Base - January 2011


Airport Grooving Fact Sheet - September 2009
Bridge Deck Fact Sheet - November 2009
FAA Recommends Grooved Runways Fact Sheet - February 2011
Rough Roads Fact Sheet - May 2009


Analysis of Effectiveness of Longitudinal Grooving Against Hydroplaning (2005)
California Skid Resistance Studies: Final Report (1974)
Caltrans County Road 32A Diamond Grooving Experiment (2007)
During Adverse Conditions, Decelerating to Stop Demands More From Crew & Aircraft (1993)
Effect of Pavement Grooving on Motorcycle Rideability (1969)
Effects of Pavement Grooving on Friction, Braking and Vehicle Control (1977)
Effects of Pavement Texture on Wet Runway Braking Performance (1968)
Evaluation of Minor Improvements: Grooved Pavement (Supplemental Report) Part 8 (1975)
Factfinding Study on the Effects of Grooved and Textured Pavements on Motorcycles (1973)
Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Texture Quality Investigation: Interim Report (1975)
Reduction of Wet Pavement Accidents on Los Angeles Metropolitan Freeways(1971)
Research Shows Concrete is Safe, Durable and Quiet (2004)
Skid Accident Reduction Program: FHWA Technical Advisory (1980)
Some Effects of Grooved Runway Configurations on Aircraft Tire Braking Traction Under Flooded Runway Conditions (1973)