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In this course, students will learn about the purpose of well-designed, well-built, and well-maintained culverts. The course also highlights the important role culverts play in the drainage system and why proper design, installation, and maintenance are essential for well-performing culverts. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of culvert theory, design, location, planning, scheduling, permitting, and typical installations. It also outlines culvert inventory, inspection, repair, and rehabilitation methods.

Date & Location

This training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) at the specified locations on the dates listed below.

  • March 7, 2019—Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 200 W. First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
  • March 28, 2019—Hennepin County Public Works Facility, 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina, MN 55340
  • April 4, 2019—Doubletree by Hilton, 150 S. Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904


  • Register online
  • Registration contact: Teresa Washington at 612-624-3745 or
  • Cost (includes lunch and program materials):
    • $60 — Township and tribal representatives
    • $70 — City, county, state, and federal representatives
    • $150 — All others

Topics Covered

  • Theory and design
  • Installation prep
  • Open cut installation
  • Trenchless installation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Inspection and maintenance

Who Should Attend

This is a comprehensive workshop for engineers, supervisors, and technicians who regularly work with culverts. It’s geared toward those who install and maintain them as well as those who perform simple designs.

Course Instructor

Ann Johnson, P.E., is a University of Minnesota faculty director of the Construction Management degree program, a workshop and course instructor for Minnesota LTAP and the Center for Transportation Studies, also at the University of Minnesota. She is a professional engineer registered in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also served as a teaching specialist in the University's civil engineering department for many years, teaching CADD, highway design, AutoCAD, and surveying. Before teaching at the University, she taught full time at Dunwoody Technical College in Minneapolis and St. Paul Technical College. In addition, Ann teaches courses in highway design and construction materials for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Aggregate Ready Mix Association. She owns and operates a consulting business, Professional Engineering Services, where she focuses on writing and teaching, but also employees several people to conduct construction monitoring and testing and plan preparation. Ann has written more than 20 publications and presentations on road design and maintenance. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and an M.S. in civil engineering with a pavement emphasis from the University of Minnesota.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.