PART A ROAD, BRIDGE, AND TUNNEL
Reconnaissance forms were designed to provide the commander with detailed information
on specific items along a route. These forms will generally support a deliberate
reconnaissance. When used in conjunction with a route reconnaissance overlay, the
commander will have a detailed description of an entire route.
2-1. Road Reconnaissance Report Form (DA Form 1248). A completed DA Form 1248
(Figure 2-1 and Figure 2-2, page 2-4) provides information required for road classification.
During a deliberate route reconnaissance, each road within the route is classified and a
DA Form 1248 is completed. Any item specified on the road reconnaissance report that is
undetermined or unknown is represented by a question mark in the appropriate column of
The heading blocks and blocks 1 through 8 are self-explanatory. If the traveled-
way width varies, the upper and lower limits are shown in block 6.
Section II on the form shows detailed information about the road itself. If any
features differ along the road, the differences are shown by placing additional notes in
Section IV on the mileage chart (Figure 2-2), opposite the portion of the road to which it
Obstructions are listed and described in Section III on the form. Locations of
these obstructions will be recorded opposite the mileage chart (Figure 2-2). Obstructions are
further shown on an accompanying map or overlay by appropriate reconnaissance symbols.
2-2. Road Classification Formula. Like the route classification formula, the road
classification formula is made up of numbers and symbols that express the characteristics
of a portion of road. The road classification formula is annotated in Section IV on the form.
The standardized order of the formula is limiting characteristics, width, surface materials,
length, and obstructions (if applicable). The formula describes, in brief, the worst conditions
on a portion of a road and is recorded on the mileage chart opposite the section of road it
represents. Horizontal lines are drawn on the form to separate each portion of road that
holds a separate classification.
Start the formula with an A if there are no limiting characteristics and with a B
if limiting characteristics exist (Table 2-1, page 2-5). If the symbol B is used, a
corresponding letter symbol will be used to describe the limitation(s). An unknown or
undetermined characteristic is represented by a question mark, together with the feature it
represents, and both are enclosed in brackets.
The minimum traveled-way width is expressed in meters, followed by a slash
and the combined traveled-way width, including the shoulders (for example, 14/16). To
report a dual road (where the two traveled ways are narrowly separated by a fixed barrier,
pavement, or turf centerline), the width of each traveled way is noted first, followed by the
combined width, including the shoulders (for example, 7 + 7/18). If two traveled ways are
significantly divided, each will be reported as a separate road.