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Derby's 200-year-old cobblestone road to be ripped apart following safety concerns

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The last 200-year-old Cobblestone street in Derby is being reworked in the name of safety. (WFSB photo) The last 200-year-old Cobblestone street in Derby is being reworked in the name of safety. (WFSB photo)
DERBY, CT (WFSB) -

A city's last remaining cobblestone road is being ripped apart stone by stone in an effort to make it safer.

Opponents of the plan said the decision to revitalize Caroline Street tears at their hearts.

People gathered to watch the stones be loaded on a truck Wednesday.

"I’m very disheartened that they had to go to that extreme," said Barbara Dorso of Derby.

Dorso said she's lived a block away from the 200-year-old street as a child. She said she's furious with the city's decision to rip and rebuild it.

The work itself is being done because the city had some extra money from other road projects.

Even when it was dry, officials called the street difficult to navigate.

"In the winter time, it's impossible for the city to plow it," said Thomas Greene of Derby.

Greene called the steep street his home since he was a child. He said it was in need of an overhaul.

"It’s a good thing," he said. "It’s happening. It's very dangerous in the condition it’s in right now.”

Public Works director Anthony Defala said it'll take a couple of weeks for the project to finish.

Defala said each stone will be saved and reused, perhaps in parks. However, no definitive plan has been finalized.

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