Progress is being made to connect the existing sections of Naugatuck River Greenway trail:
The Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee and The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments are also working on The Naugatuck River Greenway Universal Signage and Wayfinding Project. Funded by a DEEP Recreational Trails Grant, the project will develop standards for signage along the NRG trail, will produce a signage manual, and will help ensure that trail users will have unified wayfinding and signage to follow on the entire NRG.
Funding is in place and design has begun for Waterbury Phase I. This trail section will stretch from the Naugatuck River Access Park on Platts Mill Road north to Eagle Street along South Main Street. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
Watertown and Thomaston have received a Recreational Trails Grant from DEEP to fund the design of Watertown’s NRG trail section and to construct a section of trail from the Thomaston / Watertown border north around the Thomaston Transfer Station to Old Waterbury Road.
The CT Department of Transportation will be including a trailhead, comfort station, parking lot and a section of trail at the CT Transit Bus Maintenance Facility being built in Watertown at the site of the old Watertown Drive-In.
Ansonia has received funding to extend the City’s section of NRG Trail north over the rail line to Pershing Drive.
The Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee and The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments is currently working on an economic impact study to determine the economic benefits of future trail construction for municipalities along the trail. The project was funded by the Connecticut Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, and the Valley Community Foundation. The intent is to give municipalities the information necessary to submit successful grant requests for trail construction funding, and to help guide the future development of the trail.