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E. Yale Avenue Storm Drain


The East Yale Avenue Storm Drain project addresses 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 is addressing 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: September 17, 2018

The E. Yale Avenue Storm Drain Project has been substantially completed; however crews will be making final repairs and clean up to reach full completion of the project; minor traffic disruptions may take place during this process.

All lanes of traffic are open on both E. Yale Avenue and S. Glencoe Street.

Thank you for your patience for the duration of the project!

As part of a separate program, over the next month to six weeks, crews will be taking down power lines and poles and relocating utility lines underground prior to the installation of 8-foot sidewalks on the south side of E. Yale Avenue. There will be intermittent lane closures associated with the sidewalk installation, which is expected to last about a week.

Flooding at Glencoe


Project Status: Complete

Construction on this storm infrastructure project began at the intersection of E. Yale Avenue and S. Dahlia Street on February 5, 2018. Work is anticipated to last about one year, with 4 to 6 months of work on E. Yale Avenue before moving to S. Glencoe Street. When completed, this project will provide a 10-year storm drain system to relieve persistent flooding and adequately drain the surrounding neighborhood's low-lying area. 

Project Contacts

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

Brian Hoover, on-site city inspector 

Ned Meyers, Flatiron Construction Superintendent

For non-urgent questions that will be answered within a few hours during regular business hours, call 720-460-9055


Denver Public Works began upgrades to the existing storm infrastructure in this area on February 5, 2018. The project is starting at the intersection of Yale Avenue and Dahlia Street and will 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 were converted to underground lines prior to the start of construction.

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