Culvert and Storm Drain Management Case Study Vermont, Oregon, Ohio, and Los Angeles County

Transportation agencies are responsible for the operation and maintenance of hydraulic control structures including culverts, drop systems, and storm drains. It is difficult for transportation agencies to develop accurate and effective performance measures, budgets, and maintenance plans for culverts because there is a lack of information on the condition and even the location of many of the structures they manage. In this 2013 set of interviews and case studies by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), three states (Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont) and one county (Los Angeles) describe how transportation agencies are tackling these challenges and increasing the resilience of their culvert systems. Through the development of effective culvert management systems and policies, they are developing operational protocols and establishing capital improvement budgets that address risks associated with hydraulic control structure failures. Generally, the culvert management systems they have developed are available for other public agencies to use and adapt. The culvert management case studies herein illustrate a path for other departments of transportation and transportation agencies to manage assets more efficiently, reduce risk, and improve public safety.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Cover title: Culvert Management Case Studies: Vermont, Oregon, Ohio and Los Angeles County. Cover date: June 2014.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Louis Berger Group, Incorporated

    412 Mount Kemble Avenue
    P.O. Box 1946
    Morristown, NJ  United States  07962

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Asset Management, Pavement, and Construction
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Venner, Marie
  • Publication Date: 2014-4-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 49p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538312
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HIF-14-008
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH6 1-II-D-00032-T12
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2014 1:30PM