PHASE I (Naugatuck Line to Eagle Street)

  • Project Narrative and Background

This project will develop an approximately 2.2-mile long portion of Waterbury’s 7.5-mile section of the 44-mile regional Naugatuck River Greenway and will consist of a shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path along the east side of the Naugatuck River beginning at the new Platt Park and running north to Eagle Street with bicycle-use paths along Platts Mill Road from the new park to the Naugatuck River Recreation Access boat launch.

The new Platt Park will be part of the project and will be located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Platts Mill Road and South Main Street.  The park will be a passive recreational park with a parking lot, shared-use paths, kayak launch plus educational and other amenities.

Work associated with this project includes the reconstruction of existing shoulders for the roadside shared-use path (sidepath); a new off-road shared-use path running through Platt Park; a “road-diet” on South Main Street with the removal of one or two travel lanes, curbing and curb ramps; new asphalt pavement; pavement markings and signs; guiderail; pedestrian safety railing; bike racks; benches; landscaping; drainage systems; and, a prefabricated bridge. 

The alignment of the shared-use path will also shift off-road approximately 3,200 feet north of the Platts Mill Road/South Main Street intersection where it will be located behind several existing businesses before rejoining the west side of South Main Street just south of South Leonard Street.  This 1250-foot +/- long off-road segment of Greenway trail will be supported by prefabricated modular walls.
Along Platts Mill Road there will be an on-road Bike Route (i.e. shared roadway) for the southern half of Platts Mill Road and a designated Bike Lane for the northern half of Platts Mill Road as pavement width and ROW allow.

When on-road, the Greenway trail will be separated from southbound travel lanes along South Main Street via tubular markers, pavement markings or a raised landscaped buffer island. The raised landscaped buffer island will generally be 8’ wide except at transition areas such as cross streets, shifts in the path alignment or in tight rights of way. Where space does not allow for a landscaped buffer, such as at the north end of the project near Eagle Street, tubular markers and pavement markings will be used for separation distances between 3 to 5 feet to clearly delineate the sidepath for motorists, pedestrians & bicyclists.

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