IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. — The town supervisors of Webster and Irondequoit say they're getting closer to an agreement on a seasonal swing bridge over Irondequoit Bay.
The goal is to provide an easier way to drive between the towns. They held a meeting Thursday night to further discuss options.
The current Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge is only available to cars during the winter months. During the summer it is swung to the side for boating traffic.
There are several options the towns are now discussing to keep the bridge open all year. They range from retrofitting the current bridge to creating a new lift bridge which would stop traffic for seven minutes at a time to allow boats through.
"Again the end goal of this is to provide 12 month access across the bay outlet because it just doesn't make sense for seven months a year to sever these two communities, Webster and Irondequoit, it's not common sense and we're trying to remedy that," said Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley.
"We've been looking for a solution for a long, long time," said Webster Town Supervisor Ron Nesbitt. "Both on the Irondequoit side and the Webster side and it looks like we're getting closer just some more details need to be worked out."
Both Dave Seeley and Ron Nesbitt say agreeing to plan is half the battle, funding is the next step, which may not happen for more than a year.
They also say the Coast Guard will need to approve the plans before they move forward.