Sediment Runoff During Highway Construction

by William G. Weber, Jr., (M.ASCE), Research Coordinator; Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pa.,
Lloyd A. Reed, Hydrologist (Engineer); U.S. Geological Survey, Harrisburg, Pa.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 3, Pg. 76-79

Document Type: Feature article


Hydrologic data have been collected from several small streams below a highway construction project. The data have been gathered to determine the magnitude of the highway construction-sediment runoff problem and the effectiveness of several sediment control techniques. The effectiveness of the sediment control devices is dependent on the quantity and size distribution of the sediment materials. Data collected indicate that clay makes up 69% of the sediment runoff from the construction area even though the soil at the site is only 20% clay.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure construction | Sediment | Runoff | Hydrologic data | Construction sites | Data collection | Clays | Rivers and streams

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