PHASE I (Naugatuck Line to Eagle Street)
Project Narrative and Background
This project will develop an approximately 2.1-mile shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path along the east side of the Naugatuck River in the city of Waterbury. The proposed path will begin on the west side of Platts Mill Road at the Naugatuck River Recreation Access boat launch and continue north to South Main Street. Along South Main Street, the path will also occupy the west side of the road and continue north to Eagle Street.
Within the vicinity of the northeast corner of the intersection of Platts Mill Road and South Main Street the path will head off-road, through a proposed park, before reaching South Main Street. 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. Refer to the project location map on the following page for an illustration of the project site and limits.
Work associated with this project includes the reconstruction of existing shoulders for the proposed roadside shared-use path (sidepath), a new off-road shared-use path, 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, a 1250-foot +/- long off-road segment of shared-use path supported by retaining walls, a bridge and existing ground, and any other retaining walls that may be required. Additional improvements include the development of a passive recreational park including a parking lot, nature shared-use path, kayak launch and other amenities within the 7-acre undeveloped parcel at the corner of South Main Street and Platts Mill Road and the construction of an at-grade pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Pearl Lake Road and South Main Street.
When on-road, the proposed sidepath path will be separated from southbound travel lanes on Platts Mill Road & South Main Street via tubular markers, pavement markings or a raised landscaped buffer island. The raised landscaped buffer island will be located only on South Main Street & generally be 8’ wide except at transition areas such as cross streets, shifts in the path alignment or tight right of way. At the north end of the project near Eagle Street as well as the entire length of the sidepath on Platts Mill Road, tubular markers & pavement markings will be used for separation distances between 3 to 5 feet to clearly delineate the sidepath for motorists, pedestrians & bicyclists.