The towns of Thomaston and Watertown received a federal Recreational Trails Program grant from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to design and construct a trailhead parking area and short section of Naugatuck River Greenway (NRG) trail in Thomaston and to design critical features along the future NRG route in Watertown. NVCOG is administering the grant on behalf of the towns. The purpose of the project is to design and construct a trailhead and trail on town property in Thomaston adjacent to the town water pollution control and animal control facilities, and design critical features including drainage and rail separation for a trail to be constructed in the future in Watertown. The project is part of the larger 44-mile NRG trail that is planned to follow the Naugatuck River from Torrington to Derby.
The trail segment and trailhead parking in Thomaston will provide access to the NRG, Mattatuck and Branch Brook Trails once a bridge is constructed over Branch Brook. Bridge structure types and costs are being studied during this project, and funding for the construction of the bridge is currently being investigated.