TORRINGTON — As city leaders continue to analyze economic development downtown, they have focused their attention on East Main Street/Route 202, which is considered the city’s western gateway and its economic center, according to officials.
To gather information, Torrington, in cooperation with the Northwest Hills Council of Governments, is conducting a corridor study of East Main Street, which stretches from the heart of downtown to the New Hartford boundary.
According to Economic Development Director Rista Malanca, Torrington and NWCOG recently received a grant from the state Department of Transportation, to conduct the corridor study. The study will analyze and evaluate traffic congestion, roadway safety, development opportunities and pedestrian/bicycle issues along this corridor.
“Over the past several years, commercial growth along the corridor and adjacent residential development has contributed to traffic congestion, and in turn, accidents are occurring with increasing frequency,” according to a statement on the project. “Additionally, safe pedestrian and bicycle options are limited throughout the corridor.”
The BSC Group, along with Good Earth Advisors, has been selected to perform the corridor study, Malanca said.
A major part of the study will include hearing from the users of the travel corridor, including business owners, property owners, drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and visitors.
Before any recommendations are made, a thorough analysis of traffic circulation, safety, pedestrian facilities, and development, along with significant public outreach, will be conducted, according to the statement. The results of these analyses, along with information received from the public, will provide a foundation upon which specific recommendations will be made.
Public input is sought for the study. The city’s corridor study public information meeting will be held on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
Residents may visit the city’s website for the meeting link or call 301-715-8592, and enter meeting ID 859 239 42513# to take part in the meeting.