Re: Driveway drainage problem
If the grass is indeed holding the water on the driveway, then yes, lowering the grass area (and replanting or sodding ) should promote better drainage. Before doing anything, I'd be inclined to take a straight piece of lumber down there with a level and do some measuring to see if the driveway needs more crown (higher in the center ) or if the grass is truly the problem.
If you have sidewalks, the city is responsible for the sidewalk, you are responsible for everything up to the sidewalk. If you do not have sidewalks, then the easement is measured from the center of the street and will vary from city to city and development to development. Your city planning office should be able to tell you what the easements are for your area. If the culvert is right at the edge of the roadway, then it would be safe to say that the city would be responsible for the culvert and ditches, which may include the grass areas on either side of your driveway, however IMHO, it will be far faster and easier to go out there with a shovel and regrade the grass than hassle with the city, trying to get them to do it. They certainly aren't going to complain if they don't have to be bothered with it. What they WOULD complain about is if you tossed the grass and dirt you excavate into the ditch. As tempting as it might be to do that, resist the urge and dispose of the dirt somewhere else.
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