Riverside spends $19.2 million to pave and repair roads – Press Enterprise


In an effort to slow the deterioration of roads in the Inland Empire’s largest city, Riverside officials have set aside an additional $3.5 million for paving and repairs.

The increased allocation boosts the city’s budget for street improvements in the fiscal year through June to $19.2 million, Deputy Director of Public Works Nathan wrote. Mustafa in an email on Wednesday, November 24.

However, even with the cash injection, the financial commitment remains well below the estimated $24 million a year needed to maintain the overall condition of Riverside Streets, Acting Director of Public Works Gilbert said recently. Hernández.

“If we’re going to start moving the needle in a positive direction, it’s going to top $24 million,” Hernandez said, according to a videotape of the Nov. 16 Riverside City Council meeting.

That day, city council voted unanimously to allocate $3.5 million from Measure Z — the 1% voter-approved sales tax increase in 2016 — to the waste management program. Riverside causeways.

Council member Chuck Conder moved to approve the expenses.

“Right now, all over the city, the streets are failing,” Conder said. “I could write you a check for $100 million right now, and you couldn’t do half of what we have to do.”

Councilwoman Gaby Plascencia, saying she constantly hears complaints about the poor condition of many streets, said the city needs to find ways to fix them faster.

“We need to figure out where we can get these funds because they are desperately needed,” Plascencia said, according to the videotape.

Regarding this year’s program, Hernandez said he plans to pave 27.5 miles of roads through Riverside in the coming year.

Topping the list are 4.3 miles of arterial or major thoroughfares. These include:

  • Olivier Avenue: From Prospect Avenue to Jurupa Avenue
  • Jurupa Avenue: Olivewood Avenue to Palm Avenue
  • Boulevard Alessandro (westbound): Mission Grove Parkway at Communications Center Drive
  • Sierra Avenue: Indiana Avenue to Cleveland Avenue
  • Indiana Avenue: Pierce Street to the western edge of the city

Also on the list are 3.2 miles of collector streets, including:

  • Avenue of lime trees: Chicago Avenue to Iowa Avenue
  • Kansas Avenue: From Martin Luther King Boulevard to Third Street
  • Ransom Route: Shaker Drive to Claridge Drive
  • Grove Community Drive: Trautwein Road to Worcester Lane
  • Rutland Avenue: Wells Avenue to Arlington Avenue

The city plans to pave or reinforce 20 miles of neighborhood streets and alleys, Hernandez said.

“We still have dirt alleys in the city,” he said. “Slowly but surely, we are going to meet some of those needs.”

However, Council Member Jim Perry said there was a lot more need.

“There are so many streets in a city this size,” Perry said.

The need was underscored by a 2017 survey that gave Riverside a “pavement condition” score of 61. To put that into perspective, Hernandez said, a newly paved street scores a 100.

Hernandez said Riverside’s score is average, but below neighboring towns such as Colton, Fontana, Temecula and Yucaipa and likely to fall below average.

Down below, 12.7% of Riverside streets are rated poor or very poor and will require reconstruction, Hernandez said.

“That’s a bit higher than we’d like to see,” he said, saying cities with good street programs tend to have less than 10 percent.

Hernandez said a recent analysis estimated the city will need to spend about $24 million a year to maintain the status quo, $30 million a year to raise its pavement index to 63, and more than $34 million to raise it to 65.


Pavement Condition Index

Riverside: 61

Cotton: 64

Fountain: 73

Temecula: 66

Yucaipa: 64

Percentage of streets requiring reconstruction

Riverside: 12.7%

Cotton: 8.1%

Fountain: 6.8%

Temecula: 8.4%

Yucaipa: 12%

Percentage of streets in excellent condition

Riverside: 13.2%

Cotton: 10.6%

Fountain: 23.6%

Temecula: 18.3%

Yucaipa: 19.7%

Source: Town of Riverside


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