What is culvert pipe?
A culvert is a structure or tunnel, such as a culvert pipe that allows water to flow under various obstructions, such as roads, trails or even railways. They tend to be embedded, and surrounded by soil. Culvery can be made from pipe, reinforced concrete or other materials.
Culverts can be used as cross-drains and also to relieve ditches on the roadside, in which culvert pipes are used to drain the water, but mainly culvert drainage pipes allow for passage of water under a road at natural streams.
Culverts are either used for storm crossing, such as the passage of pedestrians or traffic across a waterway or runoff management - for example storm drain culverts.
Culverts can come in various shapes and sizes, culvert pipe can be round, elliptical, flat or open bottomed, and even box-like constructions. The correct size and shape culvert pipe to use is dependent on a lot of factors such as upstream limitations, the height of the roadway/pathway, as well as the hydraulic performance of the waterway.
The culvert pipe that is installed must be installed correctly, to ensure minimum damage to the surrounding area, and measures must be taken to protect the culvert from erosion. This can be minimised by proper installation and sizing, we can advise you on how best to do this.
What is a Storm Drain Culvert?
Culverts act as structures which move water from one area to another. Storm drain culverts therefore move water which can lead to flooding, such a ditches on the side of the road or waterways that might overflow and flood due to high levels of rainfall, and place it into another area.
What are the benefits of Culvert Pipes?
- Safely installed culvert pipes can allow the accommodation of wildlife and protect stream health.
- Culverts can help prevent erosion.
- Allow for the passage of fish, wildlife and other aquatic organisms.
- If best practices are followed there is very minimal impact on the environment and the aquatic biology of the waterway.
- When being used for forests, cross-drainage culverts can improve water quality, whilst forestry operations continue.
- When installed correctly the integrity of the roadway can be preserved.
- In the case of a storm drain culvert they can be used to prevent flooding.
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