In the Works with Public Works
Your Public Works department has a lot of ground to cover, literally.
From solid waste and sewer services to street sweeping and street maintenance, Public Works includes a broad range of services that keep our city running smoothly and efficiently.
In February of this year, the City Council voted unanimously to invest $4 million of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 8 new refuse vehicles to replace an aging fleet.
Refuse trucks are one of the few city vehicles that roll up and down every street in the city on a weekly basis. Our fleet of solid waste vehicles currently consist of rear loader and automated side-loader trucks.
With the funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, our Solid Waste Division is looking to invest in additional automated side-loader vehicles that are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
In addition to a new set of wheels, your Public Works Department has several Street Maintenance Projects in the works.
To inform you of ongoing and upcoming projects throughout the city, our Public Works Department released an interactive Street Maintenance
Capital Improvement Projects map that is accessible to the public at: www.riversideca.gov/pavingmap
There, you will find a series of Planned Construction Projects, Projects Under Construction, and a Paving Moratorium. Currently there are 17 planned projects, 3 major projects under construction, and over 50+ freshly paved streets in the Paving Moratorium. Approximately 31 miles of roadway will be resurfaced, and 39 miles will receive a slurry preservation treatment utilizing FY 2022/2023 funding.
The Public Works Department is also actively pursuing construction funds to reconstruct two aging bridges on Market Street and Mission Inn Avenue spanning across the Santa Ana River connecting the Cities and Riverside and Jurupa Valley. The construction documents are near completion and If funds are secured, construction could commence for one or both bridges next year.
Be on the lookout for construction crews this summer in Downtown along Palm Avenue, in La Sierra Acres along Cypress Avenue, in Arlington South along Glenbrook Street, in Hawarden Hills along Victoria Avenue, in Casa Blanca along Madison Street, in Canyon Crest along Le Conte Dr., and in La Sierra along Collett Avenue.
The Public Works Department is also actively pursuing construction funds to reconstruct two aging bridges on Market Street and Mission Inn Avenue spanning across the Santa Ana River between Riverside and Jurupa Valley. The construction could commence for one of both bridges in 2024.
We have a lot to look forward to in the oncoming months, Riverside. With new refuse vehicles and street maintenance projects underway, our City stays committed to enhancing the quality of life for all its residents by making the right investments in our future.
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