Public Works

City of Riverside Public Works Department

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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.

Please explore our website for more information on the variety of services we provide.


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You can request most Public Works services through the 311 Call Center

Adopt a Drain Program

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With increased rain anticipated this year with El Nino, the City is reaching out to residents to allow volunteers across the City of Riverside to help in efforts to keep our storm drains clear with the new Adopt-a-Drain program.

A little volunteer effort will go a long way in helping to maintain over 4,800 storm drains throughout the City. Through our collective efforts we can help reduce flooding and prevent pollution of local waterways.

To sign up, simply go to the map based website at http://www.adoptadrainriverside.com where you can select the drain you’d like to adopt and then contact 311 to find out where to get your tool kit.

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Storm and Sandbag Information

Residents are encouraged to clean up parkway, downspout and gutter debris to keep it from flowing into storm drains.

The City of Riverside provides free sand and sandbags to residents to help you prepare for storms. The sandbag filling stations are free to the public and are located at:

  • Fire Station 6 @ 1077 Orange Street
  • Fire Station 7 @ 10191 Cypress Street
  • City Corp Yard @ 8095 Lincoln (at St. Lawrence)
  • Orange Terrace Park @ 20010 Orange Terrace Pkwy (parking lot nearest Deer Creek x Grove Community cross streets)

For additional information about El Nino, please CLICK HERE.

Please report storm issues to the City Call Center by calling 311.

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Festival of Lights Parking

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West Nile Virus Prevention

Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District is working hard to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. Visit their website at http://www.northwestmvcd.org for more information.

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Santa Ana River Trail Sewer Line Replacement

Phase 2 of the Santa Ana River Trail Trunk Sewer Line Replacement is anticipated to begin in September 2015. The project will replace approximately 10,540 feet of sewer line along the Santa Ana River Bike Trail between Martha McLean/Anza Narrows Park and Tequesquite Avenue and will take about 18 months to complete.

Approximate Construction Period:
Fall 2015 - Spring 2017

Project Details:

  1. Replace 10,540 feet of sewer line
  2. Realign two curves along the Santa Ana River Trail behind Grassy Trail Drive
  3. Estimated cost is $24,850,000

The trail will be closed Mondays at 7:00 a.m. and reopened Fridays at 3:30 p.m. for weekend use. Closures will begin on Monday, October 26, 2015. A detour for cyclists to use during the week is identified on the map below. Detour signs will be installed along the route.

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

For additional information please CLICK HERE or contact Kevin Goodwin at 826-5990.

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Save Our TreesSave Our Water and Our Trees!

As you cut back on water use during this historic drought, you may not realize the impact this will have on your landscape trees.

Trees in irrigated landscapes become dependent on regular watering. When watering is reduced – and especially when it’s stopped completely – trees will die.

Tree loss is a very costly problem: not only in expensive tree removal, but also in the loss of all the benefits trees provide.

Your trees provide an immense range of health, energy, environmental and economic benefits. Trees help reduce water by reducing evaporation. Mature trees only need to be deeply watered 1-2 times per month with a simple soaker hose or drip system toward the edge of the canopy - NOT at the base of the tree.

For more information on how to save our trees, check out the Trees and Drought Information Flyer and FAQs.

Additional information on how to water trees during a drought can be found here: Watering Young Trees and Watering Mature Trees.

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Victoria Avenue Storm Drain Installation and Resurfacing

As part of the Southwest Riverside Master Drainage Plan, a storm drain is planned that will convey storm water runoff from the southeasterly side of Victoria Avenue between Harrison Street and Van Buren Boulevard northerly to Myers Street into an existing storm drain facility at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Myers Street. The City of Riverside and the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District are working together to complete these important storm drain improvements, along with a street maintenance project, which are expected to begin this summer.

Approximate Construction Period:
Summer 2015 - Spring 2016

Project Details:

This Project will install approximately 5,170 feet of 12 to 90 inch storm drain pipes and ancillary structures within portions of Victoria Avenue and Myers Street.

  1. Main line on Victoria Avenue from Harrison Street to Van Buren Boulevard
  2. Main line on Myers Street from Lincoln Avenue to Victoria Avenue
  3. New inlets on Harrison Street and Van Buren Boulevard

As part of the City’s Pavement Rehabilitation and Preservation Program, the project will provide pavement surface treatments within the limits of the storm drain improvements and will also extend from Van Buren to Tyler Street. Additionally, pavement surface treatments will be provided to portions of Cherbourg Drive, McAllister Street and Irving Street.

Brockton project area

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.

Lane Closure Information:

  • The east bound lanes of Victoria Avenue between Harrison Street and Van Buren Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through November 6, 2015.
  • The median section of Victoria Avenue at Myers Streets will be closed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through November 6, 2015.
  • The north and south bound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard will have lane restrictions Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through November 6, 2015.

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

For additional information please CLICK HERE or contact Kevin Goodwin at 951-826-5990.

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Riverside County Magnolia Grade Separation – Magnolia Avenue Full Street Closure

On or after January 20, 2015, Riverside County Transportation Department (RCTD) will be closing Magnolia Avenue in both directions from Lincoln Street to Buchanan Street in Riverside County for one year. Magnolia Avenue will be closed to through traffic and access to businesses in the area will be provided.

This closure is due, in part, to a number of recent incidents of cars stopping on the railroad tracks when the traffic signals at either Lincoln or Buchanan streets turn red during peak traffic hours. Safety is the number one priority on all RCTD projects, therefore to ensure public safety the road will be closed. A detour has been identified and will remain in place until the new bridge opens. For more information click here or visit www.rcprojects.org/magnolia.

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