Highway Embankment Doubles as Dam

by Shiwendra P. Singh, Civ. Engr.; Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, Clearfield, Penn.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 4, Pg. 80-81

Document Type: Feature article


By slightly modifying the design of a highway and its drainage, Pennsylvania engineers were able to reclaim about 100 acres of former swampland for residential use. Without extra cost to the state transportation department or the Borough of Clearfield, the bypass was redesigned to act as a dam. Thus it holds storm water that formerly flooded the area on the downslope side of the highway.

Subject Headings: Embankment dams | Highways and roads | Embankment (transportation) | Highway and road design | Stormwater management | Hydraulic design | Dams | Water reclamation | Pennsylvania | United States

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