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Sidewalk Chase Drains

Residents may occasionally witness water from a planned system of drainage easements and swales flowing across sidewalks after rainstorms or during rapid snow melt events. This is the proper method for allowing precipitation to join the City’s storm water drainage system of curbs and gutters, storm inlets and underground piping. On occasion, water may continuously cross sidewalks causing icing in the winter and algae growth and slippery conditions in the summer. This issue typically results from continual sump pump flows and/or the runoff from a single or multiple lots in a subdivision caused by regular, excessive irrigation.

Installing a Sidewalk Chase Drain

In an effort to provide the conveyance of runoff directly to the curb, a homeowner may hire a Licensed Right of Way Contractor to install a City approved sidewalk chase drain at sidewalks within the City Right of Way. To install a sidewalk chase drain, the Contractor must obtain the Right of Way Permit through the City of Arvada Public Works Department. A sketch showing the proposed location of the chase drain(s) and a photo(s) that demonstrates the need for the sidewalk chase drain must be included with the permit application.

 Download ST-34 to view the details of a chase drain. View standard drawings of the City's Engineering Standards and Specifications for Streets (Part lV).

For additional information on permits or licensing, please contact the City of Arvada Public Works Department.

Contact Information

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    8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002