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Riverside Fourth Street project nears completion

Fourth Street in Riverside is currently under construction but is expected to wrap up in the next 30 working days. City Administrator Christine Yancey said the city is replacing all the 4-inch water mains in the city to allow for fire trucks to access them if needed. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
Fourth Street in Riverside is currently under construction but is expected to wrap up in the next 30 working days. City Administrator Christine Yancey said the city is replacing all the 4-inch water mains in the city to allow for fire trucks to access them if needed. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
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RIVERSIDE — Residents along Fourth Street will soon have a new street to park on as the project enters its last 30 days.

City Administrator Christine Yancey said the city is working to replace all the 4-inch water mains in the city because they are not rated for fire protection, meaning the city fire trucks cannot hook up to them. This is an ongoing project throughout the community, she said, and the majority of the work has been completed.

New storm sewers, curbs and gutters are being installed as well. As of Tuesday, the city was on Day 45 of a 75-day schedule which Yancey called “aggressive,” but said she felt it was right on schedule with no delays other than rain.

Residents in town have been without a street since May 1, but Yancey said the majority of them have alley access or side street access to park cars and get into their homes by.

With the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort having been closed for a couple of months, funding could be affected in the future. Riverside is just one of many cities which benefits from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.

Yancey said the city has decided to move forward with two smaller projects this fall and in the spring re-evaluate to see what funding is available for more projects. The city has a park project that is already paid for and may continue this fall if time allows.

The city would like to revamp its parks and will set up meetings to allow public input. The boat ramp receiving a makeover and a handicap area added to the park will be two big items to be discussed, she said.