Mt. Vesuvius Culvert & Check Dam


Location

The Mt. Vesuvius Culvert and Check Dam is located on the Trail Creek tributary of Clear Creek, on Trail Creek Road near Idaho Springs

The Mt. Vesuvius Culvert and Check Dam is located on the Trail Creek tributary of Clear Creek, on Trail Creek Road near Idaho Springs

Engineering diagram for the Mt. Vesuvius Culvert and Check Dam

Engineering diagram for the Mt. Vesuvius Culvert and Check Dam

Summary

Each time Trail Creek Road was graded, large amounts of road base fines, which included mine waste, were pushed into the culvert. These fines were then transported to Clear Creek. The upper end of the culvert was extended placing the flared end section further away from the edge of the driving surface, thereby reducing fines loading to the culvert. Riprap check dams were constructed above the Mt. Vesuvius Lode culvert to provide energy dissipation above the culvert entrance. A trash rack was constructed to prevent large debris from blocking the culvert.

Based on the site hydrologic engineering goals were:

  1. to capture Total Suspended Solids (TSS), which should also serve to reduce metals loadings to Clear Creek; and
  2. improve the performance of existing hydraulic structures (culverts).

Read the Final Project Report, contained in the Targeted Watershed Grant Final Report, and view a map of the project area.