City of Ames, IA


Nathan Willey
515-239-5436
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Step 1 of 2 - Terms and Conditions


 

Below is a list of standard practices and regulations that apply to all work that is performed within the ROW:

 

·         If pedestrian ramps, or more than 50% of a crosswalk, are impacted as part of the work, the ramps must be designed and installed according to current ADA standards and SUDAS Design Manual Chapter 12.  Within 60 days of completion, as-builts shall be submitted to the City for compliance verification.  Click here to view Pedestrian Ramp As-Built Templates.  Click here to view Truncated Dome Installation Information.

·         Inspections are required prior to the replacement of sidewalk ramps, curb and gutter, street pavement, and shared use paths.  For these inspections, please contact the Engineering Department at least 24 hours in advance at 515-239-5160.

  • Inspections are also required for water, sewer, and sump service line connections.  For these inspections, please contact the City Plumbing Inspector or his/her designee at least 24 hours in advance at 515-239-5153.
  • Applicant agrees to hold the City of Ames harmless against any and all liability, loss, cost, damage, or expense which may accrue to the City as a result of any work or actions completed by the applicant or the applicant’s agent (see Indemnification Provisions below).

·       Utilities, pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, shared use path, trees, landscaping, or any other portion of a public place or ROW that is damaged as a result of installations by a ROW user shall be replaced or restored at their expense. 

In addition to the standards listed above, the following construction guidelines also apply: 

·       Work may not begin sooner than 12 hours after issuance of a permit unless an emergency exists (as defined by Iowa Code Chapter 480).  If a street closure is required, work may not begin sooner than 48 hours from issuance of the permit.

·         Applicant is responsible for the removal, hauling, and disposal of all pavement and excavated waste material.

·         Granular backfill is to be placed and compacted in lifts of 12 inches or less.  Soil backfill is to be placed in lifts of 8 inches or less and compacted to 95% of Standard Proctor Density.  Testing is required for verification of soil backfill compaction.

·         Backfill and grade a minimum of 6 inches of topsoil over all disturbed soil areas.

  • Applicant is responsible for the repair and maintenance of landscaping (trees, shrubs, etc.) for 1 year and for the repair (seeding, mulching, sod, etc.) and maintenance (weed removal, watering, etc.) of grass areas for 60 days
  • For trench utility cuts in streets and shared use paths, follow Figure 9D-1.08 in SUDAS Chapter 9D with the following modifications:

A.       Class A Roadstone/Modified Subbase may be used in place of Native Material from Cutback.  Do not use clean stone with no fines.  The geotextile must be permeable.

B.       On concrete streets, saw cut (full depth) and replace the pavement at the next joint that is at least 3 feet beyond all sides of the trench. 

C.       On asphalt streets, saw cut (full depth) and replace the pavement 3 feet from the sides of the trench (length) AND one full lane in width (≈12 feet typically).  Square off all saw cut edges (90° corner angles).

D.      On composite streets (concrete overlaid with asphalt), saw cut (full depth) 3 feet from all sides of the trench and pour concrete to match the existing concrete pavement thickness OR a minimum thickness of 6 inches.  Saw cut (partial depth) and replace the asphalt pavement 3 feet beyond the new concrete pavement (length) AND one full lane in width (≈12 feet typically).  Square off all saw cut edges (90° corner angles).

E.       NOTE: Full depth concrete pavement replacement may be permitted on asphalt and composite streets on a case by case basis.  Please contact the Engineering Department at 515-239-5160 with any questions.

  • Applicant is responsible for the repair and maintenance of City street and shared use path replacements for a period of 2 years.

·         Due to winter weather, a ROW permit is valid for 180 days in order to allow for the completion of all soil restoration and seeding work.  However, all other work, including curb and gutter, street pavement, sidewalk/shared use paths, backfilling, etc., should be completed within 10 days unless cold/inclement weather prevents or delays permanent pavement replacement.

·         When cold/inclement weather prevents or delays permanent pavement replacement, granular limestone or 4 inch thick concrete may be used as temporary surface restoration on residential streets and shared use paths.  Cold patch asphalt (minimum of 4 inches thick) is required as temporary surfacing on all other streets. Applicant is responsible for the maintenance of temporary surface restoration until permanent street repairs are made.

 

Working in the ROW without an approved permit, or failure to comply with the above requirements, may result in the refusal of future permits and a Municipal Infraction with an associated fine of $500.00 or more for each violation.

Indemnification (Hold Harmless) Provisions

1.    1. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Permitee agrees to defend, pay of behalf of, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Ames, Iowa, its elected and appointed officials, employees, volunteers, and others working on behalf of the City (hereafter known as “the City”), against any and all claims, demands, suits, damages, or losses, together with any and all outlay and expense connected therewith, including, but not limited to, attorneys fees and court costs that may be asserted or claimed against, recovered from, or suffered by, the City by reason of any injury or loss, including, but not limited to, personal injury including bodily injury or death, property damage, including loss of use thereof and economic damages arising out of, or in any way connected or associated with the Permitee’s use or occupancy of City right-of-way.

2.    2. The Permitee’s obligation to indemnify the City contained in this Permit is not limited by the amount or type of damages, compensation, or benefits payable under any workers compensation acts, disability benefit acts, or other employee benefit acts.

3.    3. The City shall not be liable or in any way responsible for any injury, damage, liability, claim, loss, or expense incurred by the Permitee, its officers, employees, subcontractors, and others affiliated with the Permitee arising out of, or in any way connected or associated with, the Permitee’s use or occupancy of City right-of-way.

4.    4. The Permitee expressly assumes full responsibility for any and all damages to City property arising out of, or in any way connected or associated with, the Permitee’s use or occupancy of City right-of-way including, but not limited to, the activities of the Permitee, its officers, employees, subcontractors, and others affiliated with the Permitee.

5.    5. The Permitee shall ensure that its activities on City property will be performed and supervised by adequately trained and qualified personnel and the Permitee will observe, and cause its officers, employees, subcontractors, and others affiliated with the Permitee to observe all applicable safety rules.

 

By registering and/or applying for this permit, it is understood that I hereby certify that I am the contractor, or agent of the contractor, and that the work described on this application will be performed in accordance with all applicable specifications, regulations, permit conditions, and traffic control requirements.  It is further understood that I agree, on behalf of the contractor and/or subcontractor and/or owner, to indemnify, defend, and hold the City harmless in accordance with the above provisions.