It was a nice idea at the time, I remember back in the 1980's Waterbury's East Main Street was dug up and replaced with thousands and thousands of red brick pavers. It was cool at first, then the first pipe underneath broke.

Soon, after inevitable road repairs, those nice, even bricks eventually became uneven ankle-turners. As you can see in the photo above and below, East Main Street now in 2021, sidewalks and streets are a complete mess.

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Mayor O'Leary and the City have been doing a hell of a job investing our tax dollars in upgrading and beautifying our City's downtown infrastructure. The next long-term project is going to get officially underway this coming Monday morning, June 14, 2021.

According to Mayor Neil O'Leary, construction on Phase 1 of Exchange Place Street Revitalization Project is starting Monday morning June 14, 2021. Phase 1 of the Project is going to make major improvements to East Main Street between South Main by the Green, to North Elm by the Police Station.


Workers will eventually remove all of those old bricks, and replace them with new concrete pavement and sidewalks. They're going to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Phoenix and Brook, new crosswalks and curbing, minor drainage improvements. A new bus shelter will be installed, as well as benches, garbage and recycling cans, trees, shrubs and lighting.

On Monday, work will commence on the eastbound sidewalk of East Main. Construction is scheduled to happen from 7AM to 3:30PM, and there is nothing in the Mayor's notice as to how much time the project is expected to take to be completed.

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