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E. Yale Avenue Storm Drain


The East Yale Avenue Storm Drain project will address frequent flooding in the University Hills neighborhood in southeast Denver, at the geographic low point in S. Glencoe Street south of E. Yale Avenue. This location was identified as a Significant Flooding Location in the City’s Storm Drainage Master Plan. The first phase of the project will address storm drainage along Yale Ave. between Glencoe St. and Dahlia St, significantly improving the drainage conditions in this low-lying area during smaller, more frequent storm events. This new storm water infrastructure will provide capacity to drain approximately a 10‐year storm (a storm intensity level that has a 10 percent chance of occurring in any given year); a 100-year storm system (than can handle a storm with an intensity level that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year) cannot currently be installed due to physical limitations in the E. Yale Avenue corridor.

In the future, additional phases of improvements (from Colorado Blvd. to Elm St.) could increase the level of storm water service in the low lying area to a 50-year storm system, depending on the proposed designs of future pipes. Upon completion of these later phases, flooding within the University Hills neighborhood will be significantly reduced, improving public safety during larger storm events

Construction Update: January 8, 2017

  • “Potholing” to locate existing utilities has been completed.
  • This week Xcel will perform final stage of gas line relocation at the intersection of E. Yale Avenue and S. Elm Street. One lane will remain open in both the east- and west-bound directions of E. Yale during this time.

Flooding at Glencoe


Project Status: Construction Beginning

Construction on this storm infrastructure project is scheduled to begin in early 2018. Work is anticipated to last about one year, with 4 to 6 months of work on Yale before moving to S. Glencoe St. 

Project Contacts

For general questions please email
This email will be checked daily during normal work hours.

For questions about active construction issues requiring an immediate response during the week:

Brian Hoover, on-site city inspector 

Ned Meyers, Flatiron Construction Superintendent


Denver Public Works will begin upgrades to the existing storm infrastructure in this area in early 2018. The project will start at the intersection of Yale Avenue and Dahlia Street, continue east along Yale Avenue to S. Glencoe Street, and then head south on S. Glencoe Street to the intersection of S. Glencoe Street and S. Grape Way.

The entire project is anticipated to last about one year. The first half of the project (4-6 months) will be performed on Yale Avenue, with the second half of the work occurring on S. Glencoe Street to complete the project. The existing overhead utility lines on the south side of E. Yale Avenue will be converted to underground lines prior to construction of this project.

While work is underway, Denver Public Works anticipates that one traffic lane will remain open in each direction on Yale Avenue, but drivers should expect delays. S. Glencoe Street and S. Grape Way will be closed to through traffic during construction, but will remain open to residents. 

In addition to this storm drainage project that will reduce flood impacts, Denver Public Works will also make improvements later in 2018 at the intersection of Yale Avenue and Dahlia Street, which includes enhancements to pedestrian ramps and the traffic signals.  

The East Yale Storm project is part of the Wastewater Capital Projects Management 6-Year Capital Improvements Program, but the 2017 GO Bond that was approved by voters in the November 2017 election will fund additional infrastructure projects on Yale Avenue. Beginning in 2018, funds will be available for design and construction of:

  • A High Line Canal bicycle and pedestrian tunnel at Yale Ave. and S. Holly Street
  • Improvements along Yale from I-25 and Quebec Blvd. to improve traffic flow
  • Pedestrian safety efforts at the RTD Yale Station