Canton Township General Piping and Ditching Guidelines

Driveway Culverts

Driveway culverts and aprons are the responsibility of the property owner. All culverts shall be 12” double wall plastic unless determined otherwise by the Public Works Director or designee. 

The Township will replace driveway culverts for residents upon request. Cost will be $5.00 per lineal foot plus the current cost the Township pays for Culvert Pipe. This will include the pipe, the removal of old pipe, installation of new pipe, and a load of slag/ grindings to cover pipe. Any additional materials needed will also be the responsibility of the property owner.

Driveway culverts will be installed at the discretion of the Public Works Director or designee in the timeliest manner possible. 

Asphalt Driveway Aprons (In conjunction with Culvert Replacement)

Asphalt Aprons that are within a township road right away can be replaced by the Township only if the Driveway Culvert is to be replaced. Cost will be $1.25 per square foot plus the current cost the Township pays for asphalt.

Township will cut asphalt road between apron and roadway, remove old asphalt and haul away. Re-asphalt with new asphalt, compact with roller, and seal crack at roadway.

A driveway apron not constructed of asphalt (concrete or other semi-permanent material) shall only be permitted on a township road with a curb and gutter system.  Any future maintenance or repairs are solely at the owner’s expense.  If the Township must improve or replace the culvert pipe under any concrete or semi-permanent material other than asphalt, it will be replaced by an asphalt apron.

Ditch Enclosure

Canton Township encourages clearing or re-grading as an alternative to enclosure, and discourages closing ditches and installing pipe where drainage is manageable without piping.

The Public Works Director or designee will measure and layout area of ditch that is being considered for enclosure and provide a quote to the resident which will be good for a period of 30 days.

The Township will purchase and install new pipe. Cost will be $5.00 per lineal foot plus the current cost the Township pays for Culvert Pipe plus the cost of any fittings or catch basins needed.

If a resident chooses to hire a private contractor, the contractor is required to get a right away/ road opening permit and present a layout drawing to the Public Works Director or designee for approval.

The Township can only work in ditches that are in the township road right away.

Criteria for enclosing a ditch.

Pipe shall be 12” double wall plastic unless determined otherwise by the Public Works Director or designee. 

Must have minimum of 6” cover over pipe and a swale over the entire run of pipe or as directed by the Public Works Director or designee.

Concrete Catch Basins and or 12”x12” poly yard drains shall be installed every 50’ or as directed by the Public Works Director or designee. The elevation of these drain must be below the road surface.