The city of Waterbury has made vast improvements to the area along Freight and Meadow Streets in recent years.

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I wrote an article a few months ago about the new Jackson Street construction, that has made a new way to get from the train station area to West Main Street in downtown. The city has spent countless hours beautifying the area, the landscaping alone along Freight Street is beautiful. Now, the city leaders and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments are looking for input from us as they start to turn their focus of attention onto West Main Street.

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Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary took to his official Facebook page to announce that we're invited to offer our input at a online public workshop tomorrow, January 12, 2021 at 5PM.

The focus of the meeting is to gather public opinion on how West Main Street can be improved, overall, between the Rt. 8/Naugatuck River area and the Waterbury Green. Specifically, the city and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments are going to do a study about how walking, biking, traffic, and bus access can be improved along this stretch.

This is an extremely busy area of the city, with at least 4 major intersections with very busy city streets. The Thomaston Avenue and Willow Street intersections with West Main bustle 24/7 - they're always filled with pedestrians. The railroad bridge that always gets hit by tall vehicles, by Sperry Street and KFC, is the first thing that comes to my mind, that must be improved, it seems to get hit every other week.

I've driven this stretch thousands of times in my lifetime, and it's refreshing to see what the city has done with Freight and Jackson Streets so far. If you'd like to listen in, and offer your own opinion, the "West Main Street Workshop" is happening Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 5PM. You can dial in at 1-631-992-3221 - and enter access code 942-527-244.

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