FAQ

What is the Waterbury Area Transportation Project?

The Waterbury Area Transportation Project (WATP) is a carefully planned series of projects that will take place in and around Waterbury over the next 5 years. The projects include work on I-89, Stowe Street, US 2 and VT 100 and culminate in the long-anticipated Main Street project. Project List

What are the benefits?

The WATP roadway and infrastructure improvements will benefit residents and travelers in several ways. The I-89 Bridges project and adjoining roadway and signal projects will facilitate mobility, enhance safety and extend the life of infrastructure. The landscaped Roundabout project will serve as a gateway to the community. The Main Street project will reconstruct the roadway and utilities in Waterbury. The Stowe Street Sidewalk project will improve safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition, utility and drainage upgrades will improve the infrastructure.

How long will construction take?

The series of projects in the WATP are scheduled for completion by 2020. Several of the projects will be completed in 2014 or 2015, including the Roundabout, Stowe Street Sidewalk, and paving projects along US 2 and VT 100. Major projects, such as the I-89 Bridges Project, have longer construction periods. Construction will be phased to reduce impacts and disruption to the public. Calendar and Schedule

How can I learn more about the projects?

This website provides an overview of each project. During construction, public meetings will be held to share project information and provide an opportunity for discussion. Project information will also be available on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, project news and construction updates will be emailed to those who register on the website.

What can I expect during construction?

Every effort is being made to minimize disruptions and maintain traffic flow including deployment of a smart work zone and a dedicated traffic manager for the duration of the projects. The traffic manager will coordinate the traffic management plans for the individual projects. VTrans will also provide weekly construction updates on this website and as described below.

How can I stay informed during construction?

During construction, weekly construction updates will be distributed to notify the public of construction activities and travel conditions. Construction updates will be posted on this project website, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, construction updates will be emailed to those who register on the project website. Press releases will be issued for major events.

Why were traffic signals used at intersections along Route 100 instead of roundabouts?

The feasibility of a roundabout was preliminarily evaluated, however, due to the restrictions based on the scope of the Route 100 Project, it was determined that a roundabout would not be possible. Roundabouts tend to require work outside of the State's Right of Way due to their size and necessary construction footprint, and this scope of project restricted work to fall within the existing Right of Way. Further, through a benefit-cost analysis, it was determined that a signal returned a better benefit to cost ratio, as they tend to be significantly cheaper to construct while still providing a large amount of capacity and safety benefits.

Why didn't the Waterbury-Stowe Route 100 Project widen this critical stretch of busy roadway to four lanes?

The scope of this project is a State Highway Rehabilitation. This scope limits work to fall within the existing State Right of Way, and does not allow for the addition of a large amount of impervious surface as would be required to install an additional lane in either direction. This project looked to address the most prominent need of the road, which was the poor condition of the surface due to the road structure.