Main Street Reconstruction

FAQ's

How can I tell when the Main Street construction will impact my business or residence?

The Main Street Reconstruction project is broken down into four (4) segments. They are roughly: Segment 1 - Railroad Bridge to Stowe Street. Segment 2 - Stowe Street to Park Row. Segment 3 - Park Row to Batchelder Street. Segment 4 - Batchelder Street to just beyond Demeritt Place. Construction in 2019 will start in Segments 3 and 4 at the southern end of the village area. There will be some work in Segment 2 in late construction season of 2019 and in 2020. Segment 1 will be in 2020. Final streetscaping and landscaping are planned in all segments in 2021. For specific work and/or details you can contact one of team members listed under Contacts.

Some work and excavation is occurring off of Main Street prior to April 15th. What is going on?
There is some preliminary storm drainage work happening at and near the State Office Complex in advance of the water and sewer work. There is drainage work scheduled next to the Public Safety Building, near the Stanley and Wasson parking area, and off Randall Street. 
When will construction on Main Street start?

It is scheduled to begin on or around April 15, 2019.

Where will construction start?
In April 2019, construction is scheduled to begin on Main Street at Park Street (Segment 3) and head south towards Demeritt Place (Segment 4) over the summer. These segments are planned to be completed with new water and sewer infrastructure and paved roadwork in 2019. The final streetscaping and landscaping will take place in the spring of 2021. 
When will the downtown business core construction take place?
There is planned construction from the Stowe Street Intersection to Park Row (Segment 2) in late summer 2019 through the fall of 2019. Two-way traffic will be maintained. Work in this same section will resume in April of 2020. There is also utility work planned for Stowe Street in late summer and fall of 2019 and early 2020. Final streetscaping and landscaping will take place in 2021.
When will the section of Main Street from the railroad bridge to Stowe Street take place?

Construction is planned for this section (Segment 1) in 2020.

Will there be any night work?
In some sections there may be night work between Mondays and Thursdays until approximately 10:00-11:00 pm, but there will be advanced communication if and when this is scheduled. 
Will there be significant traffic delays during construction?
As with any significant construction there will be some delays in traffic during the construction season between 2019 and 2021. The contractor is estimating that there will be primarily two-way traffic for the majority of the project but there are times when one-way alternating traffic will be necessary. This may cause some short delays. There will be an estimated six weeks during 2019 where one-way alternating will occur only between the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm so that high volume work-related traffic is not impacted. 
Will they be replacing the water and sewer lines on my property as part of the Main Street Reconstruction?
No. The contractors for Main Street are not working outside of the highway right-of-way or on private properties. If you would like to replace the service lines on your property, here are some qualified local contractors:
Caleb Ainsworth - 802-279-2280
Justin Lamson - 802-793-5726
Kingsbury Construction/Jim Despres - 802-496-2205
Walker Construction - 802-244-7400
Who do I contact with my questions or concerns?
Use the contact form to email questions or concerns. For phone inquires, contacts are listed below.

General Project Assistance: 
Barbara Farr, Waterbury Transportation Liaison
802-888-3810

Business Assistance: 
Alyssa Johnson, Economic Development Director, Revitalizing Waterbury
802-585-9525 

Visitor Assistance: 
Karen Nevin, Executive Director, Revitalizing Waterbury
802-793-6029
What work is being done on Main Street?
The Main Street Reconstruction project starts on the south side of the railroad trestle by the roundabout and travels south for approximately one mile just beyond Demeritt Place (across from Subway). The 100 year old water lines, sewer lines and storm drains will be replaced with new lines with a life expectancy for the next 100 years. Utility lines will be placed underground between the Congregational Church and Park Street, and on Stowe Street from the Main Street intersection to the dry bridge over the railroad. Period lampposts matching the ones at the roundabout will be installed in this core area. New sidewalks, landscaping, wayfinding, hanging flower baskets, flags and banners will enhance our downtown. Sidewalks and walkways will be ADA compliant. 
Where can I find the most up to date information?
This website will have the most current information but if you have questions that are not answered here, or you need additional information, please contact one of us on the Contact List.
Will trees be cut down along Main Street?

People have expressed concern about some of the larger trees that will be removed. Many of the trees that are planned to be removed are either not in good health, near the end of their expected lifespan, and are in/or partially in, the area being reconstructed with new sidewalks utilities. There will be more new trees planted than removed as part of the renewal effort for Waterbury's long-term future. Bushes and/or shrubs will be replaced if they are removed or damaged during construction.

  • Estimated trees to remain - 118

  • Estimated trees to be removed - 48

  • Estimated new trees to be planted - 58

Will there be any weekend work?

Saturday work may take place on Main Street, but not in the main business core of the downtown.

Will there be detours during road construction?

No signed detours will be used during construction on either the Main Street Reconstruction project or the Route 100 Rehabilitation project, although back roads and alternate local routes can be used to avoid specific construction areas. Exceptions for signed detours may take place in the event unexpected complications cannot be avoided. Check the weekly Construction Area map for sections that are being worked on.

How will I know when my water and sewer lines will be switched over to the new lines on Main Street?

There will be 48-hours notice before switch overs for properties along Main Street and the side streets. Each property will be contacted in advance and considered for its individual needs such as: restaurants may require switch overs before or after open hours, while residential properties may have work completed during the daytime.

I am concerned for my business along the road construction route. Who can I talk with about details?

Depending on the nature of your concern you can contact any one of the resources below and they will work with you or direct you to get the information you need.  

  • General Project Assistance: Barbara Farr, 802-888-3810, Waterbury Transportation Liaison, [email protected]

  • Business Assistance: Alyssa Johnson, 978-760-1238, Waterbury Economic Development Director, [email protected]

  • Visitor Assistance: Karen Nevin, 802-793-6029, Executive Director, Revitalizing Waterbury, [email protected]

Will my business be accessible during construction hours?
Yes. Every business will be accessible at all times during construction. Special efforts will be made to promote and market businesses in Waterbury that may be impacted by the road construction.