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How To Install A Culvert Under A Dirt Cottage Road

Gregory Walker

Autumn is the time to get your cottage ready for the winter season, but you should also spend some time getting your cottage road ready for spring. If floods from springtime snow melts and rain make your cottage road unusable, you should put culverts underneath to road. Culverts redirects the water to go under the road so you can get to your cottage in the spring. Installing a culvert is easier than you might think, and with a little help, you can install a culvert pipe under a typical dirt cottage road in an afternoon. Here is how to install a culvert pipe under your road.

You Will Need:

  • Backhoe
  • Culvert Pipe

Size of Culvert Pipe

The first thing you should do is figure out how big of a culvert pipe you need to have. If the water usually only builds up on one side the road before it starts flowing over the road, you can get away with a smaller pipe a foot or two in diameter.

However, if there is a lot water rushing down to the road during certain times of the year, you should use a culvert pipe that's four feet or more around to handle the load. If in doubt, use a large diameter culvert pipe.

The pipe should be long enough to completely pass under the road.

Pipe Placement

You should place the pipe where you'll get the most drainage. Normally, you want the pipe at the lowest point on one side of the road where the water builds up, but the other side has to be low enough for the water to drain from one side of the road to another.

In some cases, you may have to dig a ditch with a backhoe to create a path the water can use to drain from high land to low land.

Install Pipe

Use a backhoe to dig a trench low and wide enough to place the culvert pipe across the cottage road. Make sure floor of the trench is pitched at a downward angle to help increase the flow of water through the culvert.

Lower the culvert pipe into the trench and cover with dirt.

Resurface Road

Fill the trench back in with the dirt and smooth the surface of the road. You can smooth the surface by setting the blade down on the backhoe so it's flush with the ground and driving backwards. The downward pressure of the blade will pat down the road and make it smooth so you can drive over it.

If you need help resurfacing your road, consider contacting a professional like Lien Transportation Co.


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Hi, I'm Caroline. Welding has always been really fascinating to me. One day, when I was at work in my office, we had a leaky pipe in the ceiling. After calling a plumber, he called a welder who came to repair the large, open pipe. As we were all sitting there trying to work, the welder just came in and started repairing the pipe! I had never worked on a construction site before, and I probably never will. But I started thinking about what it would actually be like to work on a construction site, which led to me exploring construction themes and writing this blog!

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