Public Works

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.

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

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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 3 year program anticipates rehabilitating approximately 50 miles of arterial and local streets as well as treating between 50 and 75 miles of roadway with a slurry seal or asphalt rubber aggregate membrane.Magnolis improvements map

The Magnolia Avenue Improvement Project is anticipated to begin late April 2014 to early May 2014.

The estimated completion date for this project is August 2014.

Lane Closure Hours (Monday through Friday):

  • At least on lane will be open in both directions at all times.
  • Lane closures between Monroe Street and Jefferson Street will typically occur between 7 am and 3:30 pm.
  • Lane closures between Jackson Street and Monroe Street and Jefferson Street and Madison Street will typically occur between 8:30 am and 2 pm while school is in session.
  • Lane closures for bus pad installation between Jackson Street and Monroe Street and between Jefferson Street and Madison Street will occur between 4 pm on Fridays and 7 am on Mondays.
  • All other lane closures due to bus pad installation will occur Monday through Friday (not to exceed a continuous 48 hour period).

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

Magnolia Avenue will be open to through traffic at all times during construction, however some delays may be experienced during lane closure hours. 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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