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

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

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Christmas Tree Collection

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Riverside’s Photo Red Light Enforcement Program Ended

red light photo programThe City of Riverside’s Photo Red Light Enforcement Program ended on September 15th, 2014. The photo enforcement cameras are no longer capturing red light violations and the equipment will soon be removed by the photo enforcement vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems.

Any citations issued for incidents occurring prior to September 16, 2014 will be filed with the court and are due and payable within approximately 45 days. Citations can be appealed through the normal court process.

Residents can contact Photo Enforcement Operators with any questions or concerns by calling (951) 826-2277 or coming to City Hall at 3900 Main Street on the 4th floor on Wednesdays  from 8 am to 5 pm.

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2014 Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Winners Announced

News ReleaseThe Riverside City Council recognized and gave cash awards to creative and artistic middle and high school students who were selected as winners of the 2014 Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Contests. The Riverside Public Works Department developed the contests to increase peer interest in anti-graffiti awareness and education while also communicating the importance of respecting our community.

2014 Anti-Graffiti Poster Contest Winners:

  • First Place: Sheila Sanchez, Loma Vista Middle School, $500
  • Second Place: Allen Flores, Loma Vista Middle School, $250
  • Third place: Stephanie Macias, Matthew Gage Middle School, $125

2014 Anti-Graffiti Video Contest Winners:

  • First Place: Hannah M. Hyatt, Poly High School, $1,000
  • Second Place: Brian A. Bosserman, Arlington High School, $500
  • Third Place: Davis Ray Silva, Martin Luther King High School, $250

View the winning Poster Contest entries HERE. View the winning Video Contest entries HERE.

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Brockton Avenue Improvements

The Brockton Avenue Restriping Project will improve Brockton Avenue for all roadway users between Mission Inn and Central Avenues. The main features are the reduction in vehicle travel lanes from two lanes to one in each direction and the addition of a center two-way left turn lane to improve safety with designated lanes for parking and bicyclists. The four-lane configuration will be retained between Fourteenth Street and Tequesquite Avenue.

Other features of the project include:

  • Curb, gutter, driveway, and sidewalk repair
  • New sidewalk construction
  • Asphalt pavement reconstruction or slurry seal
  • New striping, signage, and signal loops
  • Minor traffic signal work
  • Bus pad installation

Approximate Construction Period:
May 19, 2014 through September 2014

Brockton project area

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 zone and when school is out of session will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • In school zone, construction hours 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 zone, 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.

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 826-5341 or

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