Old Saybrook roads fixed after ruined by beavers

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)– Some residents in Old Saybrook say they’ll sleep a lot easier tonight.

News 8 returned to the Merritt Lane which neighbors feared was compromised by beavers burrowing underneath it. Public works crews had filled in the holes which developed in the road but Wednesday they took things a step further. Twenty feet of asphalt was removed and the road was filled in and packed down.

Resident Martin Holzer says, “I’m sure after all this has been done it should be just fine now.”

News 8 wanted to know what the crew found when they removed the black top. Turns out it wasn’t as many tunnels as residents like Holzer had feared.

Old Saybrook Public Works employee Erin McNamara says “I expected the worst but everything was fine.”

Good news for those who had been afraid to drive over the road… including one delivery driver. “UPS hasn’t showed up here. He drops packages at the mail box now rather than driving in,” says Holzer.

“Everybody has peace of mind,” said McNamara.  “I’m sure actually everybody stopped coming and going everybody stopped and said Hi. I’m glad everybody’s at ease.”

Old Saybrook’s first selectman tells News8 the road was checked regularly and was always safe.

“People are going to get a good night’s sleep tonight knowing that the city took care of things”, says Holzer.

The town will now figure out the best way to make sure those busy beavers don’t keep causing concerns. Public works crews are also busy on Merritt Lane clearing the dams the beavers are also building in the nearby pond.

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