OK, so I'm thinking of putting in a concrete drainage ditch to get water from the backyard to the drainage culvert near the street.
Anytime we get a heavy rain the backyard turns into what looks like 3 or 4 small lakes. Even in summer months(in south louisiana), after a hard rain the yard can take a week to dry. I have kids and kids like to play in the yard so this is unacceptable.
Since the yard already wants to drain toward the driveway side of the property, I plan to bring in some dirt and get the entire yards water to drain toward the end of the driveway (possible french drain installation).
The problem I have is that the driveway is the edge of the property line.
My plan is to cut out about a 2' section of the driveway and pour a concrete ditch that runs the length of the driveway (130') and grade it to where the water will "shoot" down the ditch. I was thinking about a minimum 7" wide concrete pour in the shape of a "U". And about 1" every 10' drop to the culvert.
My idea was to pour the bottom 3 inches of the concrete ditch first and get that graded down. I would have u shaped rebar in the first pour to reinforce the bottom and side walls Then go back and pour the walls to where the top of the "U" shaped pour is level with the driveway. It wouldn't be any fancy curved swale or nothing just simple right angles. That would leave me with a 7" gap on the far side of my driveway.
So, I wanted to get some bar grating to cover up the top of the ditch so cars won't drive into it. The bar grating is expensive! I got a quote for 130' @ $4000.
I think I can figure out how to mix and pour the concrete at the proper grade, but I am stuck on a efficient low cost way to cover the opening and still be able to access it if it gets clogged.
I think I got enough details in. If anyone has any feedback or ideas, any help apreciated. I will post a couple pics