Parts of Franklin Street in the downtown area are proposed to become walking trails along the Naugatuck River. Photo Credit: Amanda Webster, Register Citizen

Parts of Franklin Street in the downtown area are proposed to become walking trails along the Naugatuck River. Photo Credit: Amanda Webster, Register Citizen

City officials in Torrington convened residents, members of a local trail network and downtown advocates to brainstorm how the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods can be more walkable.

Part of the day’s focus was to help city officials and members of the community identify the steps needed to connect the downtown area with the Naugatuck River Greenway and surrounding woodland trails, along with pedestrian safety and school involvement, reports the Register Citizen.

One idea proposed was to close off a portion of Franklin Street, reducing the five-way intersection to a four-way intersection and creating a walking trail for pedestrians next to the Naugatuck River.

Mayor Elinor Carbone said the day helped her identify what the city needs and will help her make future decisions.

‘Torrington Walks’ to make downtown pedestrian friendly