Highway Fill — A Broad-Crested Weir

by Beverly M. Johnson, Partner; Purdum & Jeschke, Consulting Engrs., Baltimore, Md.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 10, Pg. 60-61

Document Type: Feature article


Hurricane Agnes in June, l972, destroyed the bridge over the Middle Patuxent River in Maryland which had suffered damages from several other storms. Replacement costs had to be kept low since the hurricane had damaged other facilities in the county as well, and funding resources would be limited. Therefore a box culvert was installed for normal flows only. Flood conditions would still be blocked by the new installation. However, the highway fill is now doubling as a broad-crested weir. Erosion of the downstream face is being controlled by gabions.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Weirs | Hurricanes and typhoons | Damage (structural) | Bridges | Storms | Financing | Culverts | Maryland | United States

Services: Buy this book/Buy this article


Return to search