- Public Works
- Streets & Drainage
Streets & Drainage
The Public Works Streets & Drainage Department maintains Berthoud's public streets and storm water drainage system and processes Right-of-way Permits.
Department responsibilities include:
- Repair and maintenance of streets
- Repair and maintenance of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks
- Repair and maintenance of traffic signs, and pavement markings
- Repair and maintenance of town-owned street lighting
- Snow plowing and ice removal
- Street sweeping
- Storm drainage maintenance to reduce pollution reaching streams and waterways
- Administer Right-of-way Permits and inspections
- Special event support
The Town of Berthoud regulates the installation of public utilities within the Town's public right-of-Way through a permitting process. Public right-of-way means a strip of land acquired by reservation, dedication, forced dedication, prescription, or condemnation and intended to be occupied by a road, crosswalk, bike path, alley way, railroad, electric transmission lines, oil or gas pipeline, waterline, sanitary storm sewer, and other similar uses; generally, the right of one to pass over the property of another.
Prior to submitting the Right-of-way (ROW) Permit
ROW permits are required prior to any work activities being performed or temporary obstructions, including temporary storage containers or pods, within the public right-of-way and/or Town Utility easements or that will directly affect the traveling public.
Prior to submitting;
- An approved Certificate of Insurance, or bond (if required), equal to the value of the work done, is required to be on file with the ROW Permit application.
- Applicant is responsible for scheduling utility locates before digging / excavation.
- Any work done on a state highway or county road within the Town limits requires a Colorado Department of Highways (CDOT) Special Use Utility Permit to be included with the Berthoud ROW Permit. The Town will not issue a ROW Permit without this documentation.
- Applicant shall include the construction methods, equipment and operational procedures utilized and obtain the Town’s concurrence in the ROW Permit application, and if required provide construction plans and or scope of work letter.
Right-of-Way Permit Application
In accordance with the Town's permitting requirements and general provisions, all work done on public right-of-way areas (including utility easements) require a ROW permit application with a Traffic Control Plan.
- Download, complete, and "Save As" a new file the fillable Right-of-Way Permit Application & Provisions (PDF). Do not Scan this form.
- Include Traffic Control Plan(s) for any work that impedes the normal flow of vehicular and bicycle traffic or disrupts pedestrian walkways, and if required, developed by a certified traffic control company.
- Include in the permit Description of Work, (if required) Scope of work and (if required) Construction Plans for all work performed within public right-of-way areas, or that will directly affect the travelling public.
- Email completed application and materials to Right of Way Permit
- Permits are issued after the application fee is paid in full upon receiving an emailed invoice and payment instructions.
Staff are available to issue permits Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Questions? Call 970-344-5816 or Email Right-of-way.
How long does it take?
Once all required documents are received, the Town requires a 10-day notice for approval of the permit.
After Permit is issued and work done - Schedule your Right-of-Way Inspections:
Streets Department (for Road Cuts or Sidewalk related work): (970) 532-2210
Water Department (for Water/Sewer related work): (303) 505-2138
Snow and ice is cleared from city streets on a prioritized basis driven by the amount of snow and the traffic impact of a particular street. The Town's Parks Department also removes snow from town property and town-owned trails. Property and business owners are required to clear snow and ice from their property based on town ordinances.
Read the Snow and Ice Removal Plan (PDF)
The main street sweeping season is from April 1st thru November 30th. Street sweepers will continue to operate during the winter if temperatures exceed freezing.
Street sweeping will occur on the second week of the month. Hours of operations are from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Months with heavy leaf debris accumulation will have additional sweepings.
How to Help
During the second week of each month.
- Move vehicles, trash cans, basketball hoops, and other obstructions off the street.
- Keep tree branches pruned to a minimum of 14 ft above the roadway per Berthoud Municipal Code 16.8. Read the Municipal Code 16.8 Weblink
Street sweepers will be operating more frequently in the fall months. As a reminder, street sweepers cannot pick up large debris such as branches or large piles of leaves. Piles of leaves made by homeowners will not be picked up. It is illegal to blow grass clippings and leaves into the streets. Leaves that fall onto a resident's yard are the property owner's responsibility to clean up.
Neighborhood Zones Clean-up Schedule
Monday: 1, 2, 3
Tuesday: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Wednesday: 9, 10, 11
Thursday: 12, 13, 15
Friday: 14, 16, 17
Berthoud's 5-Year Road Improvements plan is updated yearly and adjusted based on the available budget and current roadway pavement conditions.
Water in our storm drains flows untreated into our waterways. The purpose of storm water drainage maintenance is to prevent urban pollutants from reaching our rivers and streams.
What a Resident Can Do To Protect Water Quality
Send nothing to the storm drain but rain by following these simple tips;
- Clean up after your pet and don't let your pet's mess go into the drain.
- Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater.
- Wash your car in your yard so the water soaks into the ground, and not the drain.
- Repair automotive leaks and legally dispose of used auto fluids.
- Don't use pesticides and fertilizers, or use sparingly and away from the drain.
- Monitor your lawn watering requirements, please don't over-water.
For more information on stormwater requirements:
Larimer County Stormwater Webpage
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Webpage