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Construction

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

  1. Laws

    • Section 1525 of the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" or "MAP-21" requires the Secretary to "...modify section 635.411 of title 23, Code of Federal Regulations... to ensure that States 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."

  2. Regulations

    • 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.
      The Final Rule was effective February 27, 2013, and is located at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-28/pdf/2013-01583.pdf (.pdf, 0.2 mb)
  3. Orders

    • None

  4. Policy

Information:

  1. 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
  2. Plant Certification and Culvert Material Information
Updated: 12/12/2013
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