The seasonal span between Lake Road in Webster and the Sea Breeze area of Irondequoit is in place for drivers from Nov. 1 to about April 1 each year.
The Monroe County Department of Transportation announced today that the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge, known as IBOB for short, will open to vehicular traffic about 9:30 a.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 1. The structure will remain in place through March 31, 2012.
IBOB is located on the north end of Irondequoit Bay – spanning between Culver Road in the town of Irondequoit and Lake Road in the town of Webster. The seasonal swing bridge is designed to span the outlet for vehicular traffic during the winter months.
The Monroe County DOT maintains and operates the outlet bridge in accordance with permits granted by the U.S. Coast Guard, and has been granted authority to place the bridge in the “closed-to-navigation” position across the Irondequoit Bay Outlet each year during the winter months.
Monroe County DOT plans to begin placement of the IBOB about 6 a.m. Tuesday. The process of "swinging" the bridge into place takes nearly 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions. However, there is a two-hour preparation work period up to and after the actual swinging of the bridge.
First, the bearings have to be lifted up and removed before it can swing freely. Then the bridge will be set back on its bearings and secured in place, before it can be safely used by cars.
The bridge will be swung into place at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday and motorists will be allowed to cross the bridge no earlier than 9:30 a.m.