Main Street Reconstruction

FAQ's

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 there be any weekend work?

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

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.

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.

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

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.