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Downtown Project Work Resumes
Street and utilities reconstruction in downtown Riverbank resumed Monday morning following the storm that stopped work the previous Thursday afternoon.

Grinding was under way on Third Street last week but no new trenches were opened in anticipation of the wet weather.

The next work planned is to install new water lines on Third Street from Santa Fe Street to Topeka Street. Once that is completed, the storm drains will be installed from Santa Fe Street to Patterson Road. Also, crews will begin installation of water and sewer lines in the alley behind Designs by Karen, said Jan Stanley of Buethe Communications, the firm that is coordinating the city's public relations for the project.

The newly installed storm drains are a welcome addition to downtown's infrastructure, Stanley said before the storm. While Mother Nature has the ability to exceed the capability of any system, it was unlikely the downtown would experience flooding.

The new storm drains will accept more water than the previous drain pipe and should help reduce the amount of surface water during the heavy rainfall. That being said, Public Works will still be keeping an eye on the situation throughout the rainy winter weather.

Public Works announced on Jan. 3 that Third Street between Atchison Street and Santa Fe would be closed for construction through 5 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 9.