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Question DetailsAsked on 4/8/2013

who do I hire to replace a culvert in my driveway? Gravel drive, need 20 ft pipe put in. Old one caved in.

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Answered 4 years ago by JP

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Since you are talking a gravel driveway, this type of work could be done by a driveway contractor, landscape contractor, or general civil earthwork contractor.

I would check out the local pemit requirements and codes on drainage pipes before you do it - if it is part of the roadside drainage system, there are minimum standards regarding inlet and outlet flares, minimum diameter, steel thickness, etc. You also want to be sure it is deep enough / strong enough to last a while, especially if you might want to pave the driveway some day.

If it is a galvanized corrugated culvert, unless it is over 30-40 years old it likely caved in because of crushing due to inadequate burial depth rather than rusting away, so consider that. The contractor has access to cover requirement tables - typically 6-12 inches for small culverts, up to 2 feet for larger size you would likely have under your drive. He should figure a fully loaded dump truck or concrete truck for the design load, even though you normally only drive a car over it.

Since you are putting in a new one, consider what length really works for you - this would be your chance to lengthen it a bit if you have ever had anybody cut the corner on your drive and drop off into the ditch, and of course in the event of future paving you might want a wider drive in the future - now is the time to consider that, as it is a lot cheaper to put in a few feet more now than add it on later (lthough that can be done).

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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