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If a culvert is covered by many feet of fill can arching action of the
fill over the culvert roof be taken into account when determining the
load?

If the fill settles, does this mean that a wedge-shaped load of fil,l
from finished ground level to culvert roof, is now supported on the
culvert?

Will the fill over the roof not transmit a component of thrust on to
the adjacent fill as it settles?

I would welcome any comments,




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Bob Mahony

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