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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Riverside’s Photo Red Light Enforcement Program will end on September 15th, 2014

red light photo programIn response to requests from the public to end the program, the City Council took action to cancel the contract for photo red light enforcement. Cameras that are currently in place will remain in operation through September 15th and citations will be issued for any violations occurring through this date.

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 Monday through Friday, 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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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 September 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 bbecker@riversideca.gov.

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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 bbecker@riversideca.gov

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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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