Enhancing Pedestrian Safety
The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Town of Middlebury, Connecticut, is conducting an assessment of safety along Route 64 in Middlebury, with a focus on enhancing pedestrian and bicyclist connections and access throughout the corridor.
The study area centers on a section of Route 64 between Glenwood Avenue and Route 63. Route 64 is a vital road in Middlebury linking the town to Waterbury and Woodbury. It also connects to I-84, US Route 6, and Route 188.
Land uses along the corridor feature preservation and residential districts with intermittent commercial zones at intersections. Adjacent to and along the southern side of the corridor is the Middlebury Greenway, which provides a road-separated path for walkers and bicyclists.
However, access to the Greenway from areas on the north side is limited.
The overall goal of the study is to improve access and connections to the Greenway, address safety concerns, and create a safer environment for all travelers within the corridor, especially the more vulnerable users. The CTDOT has initiated plans to reconstruct the I-84 interchange with Route 63 and realign and widen the Route 64 and Route 63 intersection. The town has expressed concern that the state project will not adequately accommodate vulnerable road users. Therefore, a key focus of the study is how the realignment of the intersection of Route 64 and Route 63 will affect pedestrian and bicyclist safety through the area.
The study area shifts from commercial, featuring restaurants, gas stations, banks, and small businesses, at Glenwood Avenue to residential districts along Route 64 to the Route 63 intersection.
Traffic signals are present at two locations along Route 64:
- Traffic signal at the intersection with Glenwood Avenue.
- Traffic signal at Route 63.
While sidewalks are present in parts of the commercial district, other sections lack them.
The Middlebury Greenway is the principal feature for pedestrians, bicyclists and others traveling by a micromobility device. However, better access and connections are needed.