Waterbury West Main Street Corridor Study

Project Overview:

NVCOG is leading the West Main Street Corridor Study in conjunction with the City of Waterbury and the CT Department of Transportation. The purpose of the study is to develop an in depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities of this stretch of road from Route 8 to the Green and create solutions that improve safety for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit riders and drivers.

Map of Project Area

West Main Street is a short corridor in an urbanized area that sees significant use. The block-by-block street character varies significantly. It ranges between two and six lanes, includes a variety of land uses, a railroad bridge, an incomplete sidewalk network, some street parking, several signalized intersections and some difficult pedestrian crossings. It’s an important corridor that serves as a primary surface street connection across the Naugatuck River into downtown Waterbury.

West Main Street also connects several regionally significant employers and destinations, including UConn Waterbury, Waterbury Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Basilica and several other large religious establishments, as well as the Waterbury YMCA, the Mattatuck Museum, several state offices and the seat of local government.

This study will develop a conceptual plan and recommendations for the corridor that will address safety and traffic flow concerns and provide for improved pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-user accessibility. We will also examine the impacts of reducing lane widths in certain sections of this corridor, also known as a “road diet” to accommodate increased pedestrian space, safe crossings, and appropriate transit stops and flows including the potential for a bus-only lane or a shared bus lane.  

The final product will be a full study of our findings along with several conceptual drawings detailing what improvements are needed to create a safer environment, better traffic flow and encourage economic development.

Project Announcements:

Check out the West Main Street Study website for project updates and opportunities for input. We have an interactive map feature on the website that lets you add pin point areas of concern. 

Fuss and O’Neill is the primary consultant  leading the study. Currently, we are in “Existing Conditions” phase of the project, collecting data and input to learn as much as we can about the challenges and opportunities of this corridor.

Public Meeting Dates:

We held our first virtual public meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 5-7 pm. Our next public meeting will be in Spring 2021.

Download a PDF version of our first public meeting flyer here: WestMainFlyer

Staff Contact:

Lesley Barewin
Senior Planner – Special Projects
lbarewin@nvcogct.gov

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Bristol Route 229 Corridor Study

The NVCOG in collaboration with the CTDOT, the City of Bristol, and the Town of Southington has engaged a multidisciplinary team to conduct a corridor study along CT Route 229 between Interstate 84 and US Route 6. The intent of the study is to plan for future development while addressing safety and traffic flow concerns, and provide for improved pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-user accessibility. 

Route 229 is characterized by a variety of typologies and traverses diverse land uses. North of Route 72, King Street is a two-lane road through a residential neighborhood, providing access to the Route 6 commercial district and Bristol Eastern High School. At Broad Street, Route 229 widens to multiple lanes in both directions. The intersections of Middle Street and Route 72 and Middle Street and Pine Street/Mountain Road are of particular hazard due to high vehicle volumes, multiple lanes, and a large number of vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. This section of roadway is a hotspot for crashes. South of Pine Street, Route 229 becomes a four-lane undivided highway and remains four lanes until the Southington town line. This is a regionally significant commercial and industrial district and a significant employment center. The region’s largest employer, ESPN, is located on Middle Street, just north of the Southington town line. Additionally, the seasonal theme park, Lake Compounce, is accessed from Middle Street. The corridor’s only transit route, CTfastrak, services the Lake Avenue park-and-ride. At the Southington town border, the road narrows to one southbound lane and is the site of recurring congestion. The road remains as such until roughly 1500 feet north of I-84 Interchange 31. Land use throughout the West Street portion of the corridor is a mix of commercial and residential with several substantial business parks located in the close vicinity on intersecting streets. 

As part of the study, we will collect and analyze traffic and safety data, work with the public to identify weaknesses and opportunities along the corridor, propose countermeasures to improve safety and traffic flowproduce a final report summarizing the analysis and recommendations, and provide conceptual engineering drawings for spot improvements along the length of the corridor needed to create a safer environment for all users, better traffic flow and support ongoing economic development. 

The study is being conducted by a team of planning experts and key stakeholders, led by BL Companies., a multi-discipline firm with extensive expertise in planning and traffic engineering. Additional expertise in real estate market trends and land use demand is being provided by The Williams Group.

Staff Contact:

Christian Meyer
Supervising Transportation Planner
cmeyer@nvcogct.gov

Public Involvement Process

We strive to create a public involvement process that is collaborative, accessible and inclusive. During the course of the study, our team will use a variety of tools to engage the public in a discussion and dialogue regarding the future of Route 229 and how future improvements can better integrate all users. 

We will conduct interviews with stakeholders, prepare an online survey, develop an interactive map, conduct public information meetings, and provide frequent updates via this website and NVCOG’s social media platforms. Additionally, all documents related to the project will be posted to this website. All are encouraged to participate in this project. If you have a question or would like to provide a comment, suggestion or have an idea, please email here.  

Stakeholder Interviews

We will conduct several in depth interviews with key project stakeholders such as business owners and daily users along the corridor. The goal of this effort is to have in-depth conversations about issues and opportunities along Route 229 and to incorporate this feedback into the recommendations for improvements.  

Public Meetings

Three public meetings will be conducted with the dual purpose of sharing our findings and hearing directly from the community about their concerns and ideas for Route 229. These meetings are open to all. If you cannot attend, all meetings will be recorded and put onto the website. The first meeting will be a virtual workshop format. The schedule and format of Meetings #2 and #3 will be subject to public health limitations/guidance regarding in-person gatherings. 

Social Media

In addition to this website, we will keep you up-to-date regarding the project’s status and progress on NVCOG’s social media platforms. Follow us there! 

Survey coming soon!

Timeline/Schedule for the Route 229 Corridor Study

Future documents related to this study will be available here.

Oxford Route 67 Alternative Transportation Study

*NEW* Review the DRAFT Existing Conditions Technical Memorandum

The Oxford Route 67 Alternative Transportation Study is underway to investigate the potential for bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements along Route 67 in Oxford.  The study is being funded by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) with federal transportation planning funds and is being conducted by TranSystems, a planning and engineering consultant with offices in Meriden, CT.  It is being overseen by the Oxford Main Street Committee that was formed in 2017.

Route 67
Existing Conditions along Route 67. Note the lack of pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

Unlike many of its neighbors, Oxford does not have a typical walkable New England downtown or Main Street.  Instead, municipal services and commercial areas are dispersed along with residences along State Route 67. Although Route 67 is fundamentally Oxford’s “Main Street,” it currently has no sidewalks or any safe bicycle or pedestrian access, and traffic speeds are excessive with no visual cues to alert motorists that they are driving through an area where they may encounter walkers or bicyclists.  In addition, no public transit is operated along Route 67 that could provide residents an alternative transportation option.  Transit options by train on Metro North and by bus on CT Transit are available only one mile from the Oxford town line, but there is currently no way for Oxford residents to safely access these services without a personal motor vehicle.

In Oxford’s 2018 Plan of Conservation and Development, the town prioritized creating more of a downtown feel along Route 67, and the Oxford Main Street Committee has been investigating streetscape improvements, sidewalks and trails within the corridor to improve non-motorized access.    The study will build on the committee’s prior work to develop a cohesive plan for the entire corridor to better enable the Town to plan, prioritize, and fund future improvements.

This webpage will be continually updated with study materials, meeting dates, and opportunities for input – please stay tuned!

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*NEW* Public Survey

Do you live or work in Oxford or surrounding communities?  Do you travel on Route 67?  We want to hear from you! Please take this short survey:

Upcoming Meetings

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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Explore the Project Area

The interactive Project Webmap allows users to explore the project corridor in greater detail by turning on and off various data layers that are informing the study:

 

Public Comments

Have a comment for the Project Team?  We want to hear from you!

 

Staff Contact:

Aaron Budris
Senior Regional Planner
abudris@nvcogct.gov

Route 34 Main Street Derby Reconstruction

Status of Project:Cars driving on Route 34 in Derby

The Design of the project is approaching completion and plans are expected to be completed by May 2021 anticipated construction start date is early fall 2021.

Introduction: Route 34 exists as a primary artery through much of the lower valley and operates as a key connection between the downtowns of Shelton and Derby. Route 34 further exists as the ‘Main Street’ for Derby. This has been a major design consideration with regard to the rehabilitation of the roadway. The reconstruction project of Route 34 from Bridge Street to the Route 8 interchange was initiated to combat congestion along this stretch of road.  Secondary to this is the understanding that as the City’s ‘Main Street’ the design team needs to remain cognizant of the needs to facilitate and encourage a roadway that creates a vibrant, walkable, and visually pleasing mixed-use place.

Designer: Luchs Consulting Engineers, LLC/DeCarlo& Doll Inc. The project is being managed by NVCOG under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Summary of Project: Main Street in Derby will be reconstructed between Bridge Street and Route 8. The project includes widening to create two through lanes in each direction separated by a center median, with dedicated turning lanes at intersections, improvements to traffic signals including the interconnect of the signals to improve traffic flow, improvements to parking including on-street parallel parking on both the north and south sides of Main Street and a separate parking lot on the south side of Main Street across from the Derby Senior Center with roughly 30 to 35 parking spaces,  an upgraded storm drainage system, new sidewalks with bump-outs at intersections, lighting and other streetscape features such as trees, granite curbing, and brick paver areas. Improvements will be made to Elizabeth Street, Minerva Street, Water Street, and Factory Street. Elizabeth, Minerva, and Thirds Streets will be converted to one-way circulation. Traffic will travel north on Minerva and south on Elizabeth. Angled on-street parking will be implemented on Minerva Street. Parallel on-street parking will be maintained on Elizabeth. Parallel on-street parking will be implemented on Third Street. Pedestrians will have refuge islands mid-way as they cross Main St. Sanitary sewer improvements will also be incorporated into the project.

The Semi-Final Design Plans have been submitted for review and final plans are expected to be completed by April 2020. 

This plan from 2016  depicts the cycle track along the south side of Main Street, since the time this drawing was created changes were made based on input from the public which removes the cycle track and creates on-street parking along the south side of Main Street.

Aerial Visualization includes the cycle track which has now been removed from the project resulting from public input. Parking along the south side of Main Street will be added.

Route 34 Preliminary Design Rendering

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