Barrier wall repair work to take place in Riverside today

RIVERSIDE — Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting today, September 12, on Harshman Road from Springfield Street to Airway Road to repair a barrier wall, according to a news release.

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Weather permitting, construction should be completed by December 2022.

Motorists can expect traffic delays and may wish to seek alternate routes such as Smithville Road, the release said.

“To ensure the safety of motorists throughout this corridor, as well as the crews repairing the wall, traffic flow will be restricted to one lane each direction,” said city manager Josh Rauch. “We ask for the public’s patience and caution in work area until repairs have been completed.”

Rauch says safety is fundamental for the work being done on a major thoroughfare.

R.B. Jergens Contractor, Inc. has been contracted by the city to repair the wall, according to the release.

The work is part of a three-phase emergency repair plan until the wall can be replaced.

The first phase of the project involves replacing 12 sections of the deteriorating walls over catch basins.

A current study is underway to reconstruct Harshman Road from Springfield Street to Airway Road.

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The project was initially put out to bid in April, but due to contractors already being booked and tight schedules, no bids were received, according to the city.

“We had hoped to have the construction work performed over the summer months but when we initially advertised, we had no bidders,” said Kathy Bartlett, Public Services Director. “We made some minor revisions to the plans and rebid the project in June.”

The Woodman/Harshman corridor is among the most heavily traveled in the City of Riverside, and motorists are advised to be cautious as crews will be in the roadway, the release said.

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