Route 34 exists as a primary artery through much of the lower valley and operates as key connection between the downtown of Shelton and Derby. Route 34 further exists as the 'Main Street' for Derby which poses several concerns. The Reconstruction project of Route 34 through the Derby-Shelton Bridge to the Route 8 on ramp was initiated to combat congestion along the stretch of road, However, secondary to this was the understanding that as the towns' 'Main Street' the design need to remain cognizant of the needs to facilitate and encourage both pedestrian and bike use through the deployment of infrastructures to support these multi-modal use with design practices to restrict the speeds of traffic.
Status of Project: Preliminary Design Plans have been submitted to NVCOG on July 8, 2016 for review. Scheduled Design Completion Date: December 2017. Construction scheduled to start in 2018.
Designer: Luchs Consulting Engineers, LLC/DeCarlo& Doll Inc.
Summary of Project: Main Street in Derby will be reconstructed between Bridge Street and Route 8. The project includes widening to add thru lanes and turning lanes, improvements to traffic signals, improvements to parking, an upgraded storm drainage system, a bike lane, sidewalk, lighting and other streetscape features. Improvements will also be made to Elizabeth Street, Minerva Street, Water Street and Factory Street.