City of Waterbury W.A.T.E.R. Project

Waterbury, CT

AI is providing construction administration and inspection and resident engineering services for the Waterbury Active Transportation and Economic Resurgence (W.A.T.E.R.) project, which will improve transportation infrastructure, including  reconstructing several local roads and adding shared-use paths, gathering places, and other enhancements to improve multi-modal use, better integrate areas of the city, and provide connectivity and recreation opportunities. This complete streets project is being funded by TIGER VI Grant.

The project consists of three components: 

  1. Freight and Meadow Streets - This component would reconstruct Freight and Meadow Streets as complete streets.
  2. Jackson Street - This component would reconstruct the dead-end Jackson Street from Bank Street to its current terminus and extend it through Freight Street to West Main Street to create a new north-south connection and begin a block network for the redevelopment of the district.
  3. Library/Station/Jackson Street Connector - This component involves constructing a pedestrian bridge from Library Park over Meadow Street and railroad tracks to Jackson Street with ramps to the train station to improve access from the riverfront to the station and the downtown. 

Freight Street is being reconstructed from Riverside Street to Meadow Street as a complete street with two travel lanes that includes green infrastructure, new utilities, on-street parking, concrete sidewalks on both sides of the street, and a 10-ft.-wide bicycle side path connecting the riverfront to the downtown on the south side of the street. The bidirectional asphalt shared-use path would be separated from motor vehicle traffic by landscaped bioswales that offer sustainable storm water management, catching storm run-off and pre-treating it before it enters the Naugatuck River. In addition, the sidewalks, approximately seven ft. in width, would be separated from the roadway and bike path by four-ft.-wide grass strips. Meadow Street would be reconstructed as a complete street. The 10-ft.-wide shared use path would continue around the corner from Freight Street south onto Meadow Street, extending to the renovated train station waiting area and entry plaza. Bicycle lanes would be added on Meadow Street, and curbing would be added to the east side of Meadow Street from Bank Street to the I-84 eastbound on-ramp. 

Highlights 

  • Duration: 2016 - Present
  • Project Scope:
    • Roadway reconstruction
    • TIGER VI Grant
    • Complete streets 
    • Sidewalks
    • Traffic & pedestrian signalization