Torrington's Sidewalk Project: What you Need to Know

Torrington's Sidewalk Project: What you Need to Know

Torrington's Sidewalk Project is a big step forward (get it?) towards beautifying downtown. Here are the perks, the implications, and what the city is doing to ensure the businesses along Main Street are going to remain supported throughout the update.

  • Demolition work is scheduled for Monday, April 11th until the end of May.
  • The area will be closed to vehicular traffic allowing pedestrians, shoppers, and visitors to continue taking advantage of downtown merchants.
  • The city has organized extra parking availability.
  • It's being paid for by two grants received from the federal government

What We'll Get

  • New trees!
  • Wider sidewalks!
  • New decorative planters!
  • Brand new LED street lights!

From the Press Release:

TORRINGTON CT – March 29, 2016 – The City of Torrington will begin sidewalk demolition work on Main Street beginning Monday, April 11th 2016. The construction project is a continuation of the streetscape work already completed. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Water Street & Maiden Lane (in front of the Warner Theatre) beginning Monday, April 11th until Friday, May 27th. Pedestrian access to businesses will not be affected during the construction period.

The City will be offering free parking during the project period in the municipal parking lot on City Hall Avenue adjacent to City Hall, the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Torrington Library, the municipal parking lot behind the YMCA, and in the municipal parking lot on Franklin Street. Free on street parking will also be available on Water Street between Main Street and Prospect Street and on Main Street between Maiden Lane & Mason Street. Parking time limitations will still be enforced.

The project is being funded by two grants received from the federal government. The project will allow for wider sidewalks, new trees and decorative planters, and new LED street light poles.

Mayor Carbone has convened a communications team made up of city staff and downtown merchants and stakeholders to ensure for effective communications with the Main Street businesses.

“This project has been in the works for several years and I’m grateful that it is coming to fruition. We’re very fortunate to have many outgoing and dedicated merchants as well as the Main Street Torrington group who are working closely with us during this project to ensure that their needs are being met. I encourage all residents of Torrington and our neighboring towns to visit downtown Torrington, especially during the construction period and see that it’s still happening here!” said Mayor Carbone.

Start Date: April 4, 2016 - Contractor will begin prep work on Main Street. 
April 11, 2016 – Main Street between Water Street and Maiden Lane will be CLOSED to vehicular Traffic. 
Sidewalks will remain accessible through-out the project allowing for normal business to be conducted. 
May 27, 2016 – Main Street is slated to re-open to vehicular traffic- however, the contractor will still have finishing work. 
June - Contractor will be installing lighting, landscaping and other streetscape items as part of the final design. 

During the construction period, Main Street will be closed between Water Street and Maiden Lane which will also eliminate on-street parking within that area. In an attempt to encourage visitors and shoppers downtown during the construction period, we are providing free parking locations for both shoppers and business employees. Please see attached a map that details those designated areas. 

A few important Guidelines:
  1. Free parking along Water Street and Main Street are for the purpose of business patrons. We kindly ask that all business owners and employees park in the designated employee parking lots. 
  2. While the City is allowing for Free parking—the maximum amount of time allowed for parking per designated space will remain in effect, be enforced and monitored. On Main Street, the maximum amount of time a vehicle can remain parked is 2 hours, while on Water Street, the time is 3 hours. 
  3. The City of Torrington does offer employee parking passes on a monthly/yearly basis at a low cost. We strongly encourage businesses to utilize this program upon completion of the project. On-Street parking in-front of businesses should be reserved for the patrons and visitors to our downtown. Please contact the Torrington Police Department’s Traffic Department for more information. They can be reached at: 860-489-2018.

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