Tree Canopy Assessment

The U.S. Forest Service awarded NVCOG a grant to assess, map, and characterize tree cover across the region. A robust tree cover mitigates high temperatures, filters air pollution, and can improve property values and quality of life in urban areas.

VMT Reduction Strategy

A common measure of transportation system performance is vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which looks at the total number of miles driven by personal cars across a given area. A reduction in VMT typically yields benefits for congestion, air quality, and can help reduce costs for drivers.

170 Freight Street & 00 West Main Street, Waterbury


Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund has sub-granted The Waterbury Development Corporation $350,000.00 for cleanup planning, remediation, and abatement activities at a single parcel, 170 Freight Street & 000 West Main Street, also known as the former Anaconda-American Brass Company site. Funding would be used to develop the Property and to create an interim and final Remediation Action Plan to guide abatement activities in preparation for the demolition of existing structures. Any remaining funds will be used for remedial activities and site monitoring on the Property. 
The parcel is part of the larger Freight Street Redevelopment Strategy, a road map developed by the City of Waterbury (City) to facilitate the transformation of the Freight Street District into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. The Freight Street District totals approximately 70 acres and is located adjacent to the region’s most critical transportation infrastructure, including I-84, Route 8, and the Waterbury Branch rail line. Over the last four years, the City has made tremendous strides in improving infrastructure in the area, including the reconstruction of Freight Street, the extension of Jackson Street, and streetscape improvements on Meadow Street that will link the Freight Street District with Downtown Waterbury. Similarly, proposed improvements on the Waterbury Branch rail line present an opportunity for future transit-oriented development. The redevelopment of the Freight Street District complements ongoing revitalization efforts in Downtown Waterbury, including its adjacency to the Naugatuck Greenway trail.

Site specific end-use includes a mixed-use development with both market-rate and affordable housing.

Project Type: Demolition, overseen by Tighe & Bond, began in October 2023.

Active Transportation Plan

The Naugatuck Valley Active Transportation Plan (NVATP) will aim to coordinate efforts across our 19 municipal members. By compiling best practices and standards, NVCOG aims to encourage increased access to safe, convenient walking/rolling and biking facilities.

SGA Complete Streets Academy

Connecticut was selected to participate in Smart Growth America’s Complete Streets Academy with the cities of Bristol, Middletown, and Waterbury. 

The NVCOG and its partner communities, Waterbury and Bristol, participated in the 2023 Complete Streets Academy, enabling implementation of impactful traffic calming projects in the jurisdictions. The Complete Streets Leadership Academies are a National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America initiative training public employees and officials in Complete Street best practices, intergovernmental and regional coordination, and “quick-build” temporary infrastructure projects on state roads. 

Each city installed a temporary project to collect data and feedback about complete streets installations on key state owned routes near their respective Downtowns. This data will be used to inform future designs and improvements to these and similar streets to enhance safety, comfort, and pedestrian/bicycle access.


Bristol implemented temporary pedestrian safety improvements on West Street, including narrowing the roadway and adding visual elements and improved crosswalks near the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol. The NVCOG staff joined Mayor Jeff Caggiano of Bristol and the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School office to engage Bristol youth and promote pedestrian safety.  


Waterbury’s project made Grand Street a more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly location leveraging low-cost materials like tape, cones, and tubular markers to daylight crosswalks and shorten their crossing distance. The project was in place through late September. Data showed an 11% reduction in traffic speeds within the first two weeks, a crucial step towards enhancing community safety as lowering speeds at the 85th percentile can significantly reduce traffic-related accidents.

Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG)

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) are a five-billion-dollar federal program to help state and regional governments reduce greenhouse gases. NVCOG towns are split among several planning regions, each of which is conducting its own GHG assessment and planning GHG reduction measures.

Waterbury Line Station Projects

Through a series of state and federal funding sources, the CT Department of Transportation is undertaking a project to upgrade all six Waterbury Line train stations. These upgrades will not only provide a safer and more comfortable experience for passengers but allow the stations to serve as key places within their communities, a source of civic pride and a gathering place for residents and visitors. 

Waterbury WATER Project Performance Measure Data

In support of the Waterbury Active Transportation and Economic Resurgence (WATER) Project, the City of Waterbury and NVCOG will be reporting on several critical performance measures for a five (5) year period following completion of the project. This webpage will contain supplemental information for those performance measures, including images of the project area, raw data collected to support the data provided in the final report, and a copy of the charts and tables presented to the Federal Highway Administration. For additional information or questions about the project, please contact the city of Waterbury. For questions about the data collection efforts, please contact the NVCOG staff contact listed below.

Raw Data Tables

Pedestrian Data – These tables portray the full pedestrian data set as collected by NVCOG staff, as well as expansions to daily, weekly, monthly, and annual estimates. 

Bicyclist Data – These tables portray the full bicyclist data set as collected by NVCOG staff, as well as expansions to daily, weekly, monthly, and annual estimates. 

Traffic Data – These tables portray the full data set as collected by street side radar counters. 

2022 Report to FHWA 


NVCOG Staff Contact

Kevin Ellis
Transportation Engineer

698 South Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation a subgrant for $277,000, joining an initial award of $200,000 to facilitate cleanup planning and remedial activities at 698 South Main Street, Waterbury. This property, nestled between the Naugatuck and Mad Rivers, was once the campus of the Anamet network of factory buildings. The City of Waterbury’s plan for this site includes repurposing the 200,000-square-foot building back into light industrial, rebuilding with mixed-use, and adding a 0.45-mile expansion of the Naugatuck River Greenway, a multi-use trail that will provide opportunities for exercise, active transportation, and recreation while raising property values and connecting regional economic corridors. The Anamet complex is the subject of extensive ongoing investment, including $10,000,000 from state and local partners. Once completed, the site is expected to yield $100,000,000 in private investment.  

Project Status:  Environmental assessment activities within the high-bay building are complete and ongoing across the site. Remedial activities have commenced. The City has demolished the remaining three buildings on site. An RFP for a developer has been completed, with responses currently under review. 

526 North Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Assessment

Activities:  The Regional Brownfield Partnership has awarded

NEST, formerly the Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury a $100,000 subgrant for environmental assessment activities at 526 North Main Street, Waterbury. Data will be used to determine the scope of required remediation on-site. The proposed redevelopment of this former industrial site consists of a 100+ unit apartment building with commercial space on the first two floors. NVCOG’s portion of environmental testing is complete; however, the Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury have decided to fund supplemental testing to close out data gaps privately. Elevated levels of

PCBs, PAHs, and asbestos have been identified. 

Project Status: Assessment work is complete. The Neighborhood Housing Services is closing remaining data gaps while the environmental firm Arcadis prepares the site to become eligible for supplemental funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.