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City of Riverside Public Works Department

The Public Works Department plays a vital role in providing a myriad of City services to promote quality of life for the City of Riverside.

Our goal is to implement efficient and cost effective services to preserve and enhance our City streets, bike paths, and sanitary sewer system as well as promote sustainable programs to preserve our environment with clean storm drains, air quality programs and a solid waste collection system that successfully diverts 67.4% of citywide trash from landfills to recycling programs.

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Magnolia Avenue Improvements

In order to preserve an important City corridor, Magnolia Avenue will undergo various repairs as part of a Citywide pavement rehabilitation and preservation program. The work will include:

  • Repair of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways and wheelchair curb ramps
  • Reconstruction of asphalt pavement
  • New striping, signage, and signal loops
  • Minor traffic signal work at Monroe, Adams and Madison Streets
  • Installation of 21 concrete bus pads

Approximate Construction Period: May 5, 2014 to the end of August 2014

Magnolia improvements map

Lane Closure Hours:

  • Lane reductions will be sporadic as needed to allow for construction. At least one lane in each direction will be open at all times.
  • General working hours in non-school zones and when school is out of session will be weekdays 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Construction hours and lane reductions will be coordinated with schools to minimize traffic impacts. In the school zones between Jackson and Monroe and between Jefferson and Madison, construction hours will be reduced during school days to work around drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Construction of concrete bus pads will require sporadic lane reductions for 72 consecutive hours. In school zones, these 72 hour lane reductions for bus pad construction will be scheduled on weekends (Friday evening through Monday morning).
  • Access to properties will be available during construction and trash services will continue on their normal schedule.

Note: Street parking and bike lane availability will be limited during lane closure hours.

CAUTION: For their safety, please keep children and pets away from the construction zone. Asphalt products are very hot and sticky. They require ample time to cool down and should not be touched.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we make necessary infrastructure improvements to our City.

For additional information please contact Brandi Becker at 826-5341 or

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City of Riverside's Water Quality Control Plant Receives Peak Performance Award

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The City of Riverside Public Works Department’s Water Quality Control Plant has been selected to receive a Gold Peak Performance Award. The Peak Performance Awards program presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for their outstanding compliance records in the 2012 calendar year. The Gold Peak Performance Award honors those that have achieved 100 percent discharge compliance for an entire calendar year, ensuring safe water for the enjoyment of all. Read More...

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3-Year Pavement Rehabilitation and Preservation Program is Underway

On April 24, 2012, the City Council approved a 3-year Pavement Rehabilitation and Preservation Program.

The $32 million dollar pavement rehabilitation component of the program will fund pavement rehabilitation as well as new wheelchair ramps and repairs to curb, gutter, and sidewalks along 50 miles of the City’s streets. The program anticipates rehabilitating about 24 miles of arterial highways and 26 miles of local streets. Streets are selected based on the City’s pavement program and visual inspection to determine those most in need of repair.

The pavement preservation component of the program is funded annually by the City’s Gas Tax and Measure A sales and use tax revenues. The program proposes to use slurry seal or Asphalt Rubber Aggregate Membrane (ARAM) to treat between 50 and 75 miles of roadway. The treatments are intended to preserve existing streets and extend their useful life before full resurfacing is required. Additionally, the Streets Maintenance Division has increased its focus on pavement repair and preservation such as routine crack filling, slurry seals, and utility patch and trench repair to maintain the roadways.

For more information on the program please contact Farshid Mohammadi at 951-826-5515.

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