Western Connecticut Council of Governments

Danbury and New Fairfield Route 37 Corridor Study

Study Overview

WestCOG, in collaboration with the City of Danbury and Town of New Fairfield, is developing the Danbury and New Fairfield Corridor Study for Route 37 between I-84 Exit 6 in Danbury to 0.2 mile north of Route 39 in New Fairfield. 

The major objectives of this study were to discover solutions to alleviate traffic congestion levels, improve pedestrian mobility, and to promote healthy and environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Specifically, the following improvements were considered:

  • Reduced congestion in key sections during peak hours,
  • Improved safety at problem intersections,
  • Adequate paved shoulder widths,
  • Safe pedestrian connections (sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.), and
  • The feasibility for a potential multi-use trail / side path between Saw Mill Road and Bear Mountain Reservation.

While emphasizing the enhancement of capacity, safety, and multi-modal options along Route 37, the study also considered Smart Growth planning, more livable, economically sustainable communities, and Complete Streets.


Based on public and stakeholder input, field data, existing plans, and design options acceptable to stakeholders, the study products are a conceptual plan, appendices and map for future design and construction of improvements or projects within the corridor. The study has established short- and long-term goals to improve upon the traveling infrastructure. It has also developed recommendations to improve mobility in these two municipalities. 

Public Meetings (Completed)

Public Meeting – Study Recommendations

A virtual meeting on the recommendations for the Danbury and New Fairfield Route 37 Corridor Study. The purpose of the meeting was to update the public about the study recommendations and gather feedback from residents, travelers, and stakeholders on proposed design concepts for the corridor.

Public Workshops

Recognizing the public gathering limitations during the current Coronavirus pandemic, the study team hosted two virtual workshops in June 2020. The purpose of each workshop was to introduce the public to the study and gather feedback from residents, travelers, and stakeholders on issues, opportunities, and ideas regarding the corridor.

Technical Advisory Committee

The TAC consists of municipal staff from the City of Danbury and Town of New Fairfield, representatives from CTDOT, WestCOG, and the HART Transit District. Notes from TAC meetings can be reviewed using the links below:

Questions or Comments on the Study?  Please contact project manager Todd Fontanella at tfontanella@westcog.org.  Thanks!

ENGLISH: For language assistance or other accommodations, contact Western Connecticut Council of Governments at least five business days prior to the meeting at help@westcog.org.

ESPAÑOL: Para asistencia con el idioma y otras adaptaciones, por favor póngase en contacto con WestCOG por lo menos cinco días hábiles antes de la reunión al help@westcog.org.

PORTUGUÊS: Para obter assistência língua ou outras acomodações, entre em contato com WestCOG pelo menos cinco dias úteis antes da reunião em help@westcog.org.

FRANÇAIS: Pour obtenir de l’aide linguistique ou d’autres mesures d’adaptation, contactez WestCOG au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant la réunion à help@westcog.org.

POLSKI: W przypadku pomocy językowej lub innej pomocy, skontaktuj się z WestCOG co najmniej pięć dni roboczych przed wydarzeniem w help@westcog.org