The Halloween storm had little to no effect on Waterbury’s Main Street reconstruction project.
On Friday morning, J.A. McDonald workers pumped water out of the trenches along Main Street, but the rain that washed out many roads in nearby towns will not affect Waterbury’s construction timeline, town officials say.
Ironically enough, the work now being performed involves installing stormwater drains that have a higher capacity than those now in place.
On the north end of Main Street, expect delays and alternating one-way traffic from the railroad bridge down to Stowe Street. Access to the library and the municipal offices will be kept open; however, property owners waiting until the last minute to pay their tax bills — due no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 — might want to visit the office outside of construction hours and use the drop box. Either that, or carve out some time to wait in traffic.
Residents and property owners on South Main Street between Village Market and Foundry Street can expect to lose driveway access as workers install a water main in front of these properties. Three things — keep water on hand in the event of service disruption; keep an eye out for boil notices — we’ll update the Waterbury Record’s Facebook page when we get them — and consider parking elsewhere when work is happening right in front of your home or business.
Parking is available at 51 S. Main, the Elm Street parking lot, Bidwell Lane, Park Row and across from the railroad tracks by the train station off Park Row.
Sidewalk paving was expected to begin on both sides of South Main between Park Row and Batchelder Street. Before the project shuts down for the winter, workers are expected to pave driveway aprons and remove the barrels throughout this section. Landscaping will take place in the spring.