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Federal funding will pay for major street upgrades in Riverside

Federal funding will pay for major street upgrades in Riverside

Riverside will receive an $11.1 million grant that will pay for the bulk of safety improvements on North Main Street immediately south of Highway 60.

The funding secured by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, will make Main Street between Highway 60 and Third Street into one lane in each direction, according to a statement on the city’s website.

When completed, that stretch of road will be divided by a traffic median with extra parking, landscaping and walkways for pedestrians. Officials hope those changes will make that stretch of road safer by slowing traffic.

“Everyone wants and needs safe streets,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said in the statement.  “We now have more resources and funding on the way to help create safer streets for our residents, thanks to the strong advocacy of Congressman Takano and our partners at the federal level.”

The funding will come from the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program, which is part of the $1.5 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that President Biden signed into law in November 2021.

Construction is scheduled to start in March 2026 and be completed about one year later. Riverside hopes to secure the remaining $2.7 million needed to complete the upgrades from non-federal sources, according to the statement.

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