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"Swing" Bridge Open to Traffic

The strong winds didn't stop people from visiting the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge Friday morning.
The strong winds didn't stop people from visiting the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge Friday morning.

With their cameras out and coffee in hand, dozens of people gathered at the bridge. Each year on November 1, local drivers get their bridge back.

For some, it was their first time watching the swing.

"I've been down here 23 years. I have never seen it, and my husband has lived in Sea Breeze his whole life and I wanted to see what it was like down here," said Barbara Klein.

"My father has been trying to get out here and this is the first time we were able to do it," said Glenn Hargrave

The outlet bridge is a seasonal bridge that allows cars to travel from Irondequoit to Webster during the Winter months...meaning commute time for drivers is about to become a whole lot better.

"My daughter works at one of her jobs in Webster, so now she can get to work in 5 minutes instead of 25 almost, so big help," said Denise Yaniro.

On Friday, the drivers get relief and the boaters know Winter is coming. During the Spring, the bridge swings back allowing boaters to use the bay and Lake Ontario.

"My son-in-law and daughter live on the lake and that allowed them to come through the waterway into the bay which my wife and I live at Stony Point and enjoy boating with the grandkids and such," said Fred Strauss.

There's two hours of prep work before the big move. The actual "swing" takes only about 20 minutes.

"I wanted to get on the bridge with them and swing around," said Barbara Klein.

Drivers can enjoy this convenience until April 1. That's when the bridge swings back open so boats can go through.
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