A bid opening for the construction of the Main Street/Route 34 Project was held on November 3, 2021. The project was awarded to C.J. Fucci Inc. of New Haven, CT. Construction is slated to begin in April. The work will be done in multiple stages and will continue for 3 years due to the extensive amount of roadway and utility work that needs to be accomplished while still maintaining traffic throughout the project corridor. A pre-construction meeting was held on February 17, 2022. Meeting minutes can be viewed here.
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.
Route 34 Preliminary Design Rendering