Culvert is a tunnel carrying a stream under a road or railway. A culvert may act as a bridge for traffic to pass on it. They are typically found in a natural flow of water and serves the purpose of a bridge or a current flow controller.

Culvert is provided under roads and highways for a crossing of water, as road embankment cannot be allowed to obstruct the water flow. The culvert is ideally suited for a road to limit water flow in a controlled way.

Components of a Culvert

Different types of culverts consist of different parts. Followings are some major components of a culvert:

  • Pavement
  • Road Embankment
  • Headwall
  • Wingwall
  • Apron
  • Crown
  • Culvert Pipe
  • Culvert Inlet
  • Culvert Outlet
  • Culvert Foundation


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