Connecticut city digging up its last cobblestone street

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DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Connecticut city is saying goodbye to its last cobblestone street, but not everyone is happy about it.

Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto said the cobblestone, or “Belgian block,” portion of Caroline Street will be removed due to “safety reasons.” Although she did call it sad and a regrettable decision.

“It’s very steep,” Mayor Dugatto said. “Even when not snowing, just raining, Belgian blocks get very slippery.”

She said that the road is uneven, gets dangerously slick when it rains or snows, and damages city snow plows and private vehicles. Officials said residents have been complaining for years.

“We’re just fixing for safety reasons a road that’s badly in disrepair and residents have been complaining for many years,” Dugatto said.

Dugatto said the stones will be re-used, likely in the downtown redevelopment area, where they can surround new benches. She said a plaque telling their history will accompany them.

Resident Markanthony Izzo was asked by Duggato to produce a video document of the cobblestones’ removal. He refused. He said digging up the cobblestones “is the destruction of yet another historical link to Derby’s past.”


Information from: New Haven Register,
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