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Council OKs contract for millions in road repairs

City council unanimously approved a $2.6 million contract on Tuesday to commence road construction on more than three miles of major and minor streets in Wards 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Ed Lara, principal engineer with the Riverside Public Works Department, said in Tuesday’s city council meeting that construction should begin within the next two months. The project areas on the list will also include long-awaited sidewalk, pedestrian crossing and road sign repair.

City engineer Gil Hernandez, also with the Public Works Department, said yesterday all areas on the project map should be completed within the year. While the department does not update the progress of their repairs online, they do work closely with the city council and Riverside Chambers of Commerce to keep the public informed.

Councilman Jim Perry said approving projects like these mean a great deal for the city. “It enhances neighborhoods and it really provides a better quality of life,” he said. “It’s significant because not only do constituents hear about the changes, they can see it taking place.”

On Tuesday, council member Steve Hemenway shared a constituent recently called him about a stretch of road that happened to be included on the list for repairs. He said he hopes to see more projects like this one on agendas in the future.

Some of the major areas listed for repavement are portions of Adams Street and La Sierra Avenue.