Waterbury West Main Street Corridor Study

West Main Street going east facing the Green

Project Overview:

NVCOG is leading the West Main Street Corridor Study in coordination 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 develop solutions that improve safety for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit riders and drivers.

Map of Project Area

Project Details:

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

Overall, the purpose of this study is to develop a conceptual plan and recommendations for the corridor that will address safety and traffic flow concerns while providing for improved pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-user accessibility.

We will examine the impacts of reducing lane widths in certain sections of this corridor, also known as a “road diet” to accommodate increased pedestrian space, safer 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 for all users, better traffic flow and encourage economic development.

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

Community Input:

We are actively seeking community input for how we can better accommodate walkers, transit riders, cyclists, drivers and parking along West Main Street! There are a variety of ways you can provide us with your input:

  1. Please take our survey in English or Español.
  2. Try using our interactive map feature on the West Main Street website where you pin point areas of concern. 
  3. Attend our next virtual public meeting on April 14th from 5-7 pm (more info coming shortly!) 

Public Meeting Dates:

Save the Date! Our next virtual public meeting will be on Wednesday, April 14th from 5-7 pm. More information about registration coming soon.

We held our first virtual public meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 5-7 pm.  Check out our website to watch the presentation or review meeting notes.

You can 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

First Public Meeting: April 14, 2021

The Route 229 project team will be holding a virtual public meeting on April 14 between 5 – 7 pm. This event will allow stakeholders to ask question and offer public input on this project. 

Event Linkhttps://meetings.ringcentral.com/join?jid=1493919426

Oxford Route 67 Alternative Transportation Study

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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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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