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Construction Program Guide

Culvert Selection

The FHWA's policy for culvert and storm sewer material type selection is that State transportation departments and direct recipients of Federal-aid highway construction funds shall have the autonomy to determine culvert and storm sewer material types to be included in Federal-aid highway construction projects.

Authority/Legal Basis

Laws
Regulations
  • Culvert Pipe Selection Final Rule (01/28/2013) On January 28, 2013, the Final Rule implementing the requirements of Section 1525 was published in the Federal Register; The Final Rule added Paragraph (f) to 23 CFR 635.411 as follows: "(f) State transportation departments (State DOTs) shall have the autonomy to determine culvert and storm sewer material types to be included in the construction of a project on a Federal-aid highway."

Policy

Information:

AASHTO Publications
Guide Specifications
  • HB-17, Division I, Section 12 Soil-Corrugated Metal Structure Interaction Systems
  • HB-17, Division I, Section 16 Soil-Reinforced Concrete Structure Interaction Systems
  • HB-17, Division I, Section 17 Soil-thermoplastic Pipe Interaction Systems
  • HB-17, Division II, Section 26 Metal Culverts
  • HB-17, Division II, Section 27 Concrete Culverts
  • HB-17, Division II, Section 30 Thermoplastic Pipe
Highway Drainage Guidelines, 4th Edition (2007)
  • Subchapter 4.10 Service Life
  • Subchapter 14.4 Material Selection and Estimating Service Life
Plant Certification and Culvert Material Information
Updated: 05/04/2016
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