As the boating season has begun here in Monroe County, we are again reminded of the inconvenience caused by the annual closing of the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge which provides easy access between Webster and Irondeqoit. Unfortunately, the bridge, which connects Bay Road in Webster to Culver Road in Irondequoit, closes annually from April 1 to Oct. 31 to allow for marine traffic.

As representatives of Webster in the county legislature, we understand and share your frustration with this issue. That is why we supported a project by the Genesee Transportation Council to conduct a study on alternatives to the swing bridge. In particular, we have urged the GTC to study the finishing of ramps that were designed to allow Webster residents convenient access to northern Irondequoit.

If you drive Route 104 on a regular basis, you can actually see the two ramps which would need to be finished. The first ramp would have taken traffic headed west on the Bay Bridge into the roundabout connected to Titus Avenue. The other ramp would bring motorists onto Route 104 East from the same roundabout. These ramps were previously approved many years ago, but construction was only partially completed due to funding cuts by the federal government.

Included in this study would be the effects of traffic on the residents near the Titus Avenue roundabout. If we move forward with these alternatives to the IBOB, the impact on both communities will be incredibly positive. The ability for Webster residents to easily access the Seabreeze area in the summer will be an economic boom for Irondequoit.

I am excited that we are tackling this issue head on, and the GTC’s study is a good first step in solving this persistent problem. We are proud to serve the people of Webster and if there is anything that we can do to assist you, please feel free to call our office at 585-753-1922. You may also reach Matt by email at monroe8@monroecounty.gov or George at monroe15@monroecounty.gov.