Harvard Gulch Flood Control Project

by Kenneth R. Wright,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 15-32

Document Type: Journal Paper


The planning, design, and construction of a major urban flood control project is presented. Emphasis is placed on the flood hydrology investigations used as a basis for sizing of the culverts, open channels, and structures. Information is given on model testing of the inlet structure to assure control of the rate of flood waters entering the outfall culvert. Techniques for designing the open channels, both concrete and grass-lined, are described. Underflow pipes were used to carry the normal low flows. Planning of the construction schedule by the design engineer is described, together with methods of construction and the results of alternate bids for large diameter concrete pipe and concrete box culvert. The resulting project, designed with both hydraulic and esthetic considerations in mind, received the support of architects and planners, in addition to that of the municipal engineers.

Subject Headings: Concrete pipes | Hydraulic design | Culverts | Construction methods | Floods | Project management | Open channels | Hydrologic models

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