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A pipe or a cement structure designed to let water flow under a road. Such structures can be either embedded in the ground under the road, or protrude up, forming a raised ramp in the road. Some culverts are so large that one can walk or even drive a vehicle through them when they are empty.

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"Big culvert across the Vieux-Comptoir River, Quebec, October 25, 2000" by Peter Van den Bossche is licensed under CC BY-SA.