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Sea Breeze Drive Nearing Completion

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The construction crews are gone now and the finishing touches are being put on the new Sea Breeze Drive in Irondequoit.

The two mile stretch is billed as safer because of four roundabouts that reduce speeds.

The roundabouts also contribute to reducing noise and the pollution and fuel waste from idling cars at traffic lights.

The project manager says the roundabouts allow vehicles to move freely but at a lower speed.

Drivers have to remember one thing: yield the right of way.

"It's the only thing to think about when you enter a roundabout is look to your left. If there's no vehicle approaching you, you can proceed and go on through. If somebody is coming from your left, and you don't have much of a gap, you stop," said project manager Mark McAnany of Bergmann Associates.

Other green elements include more green space, a multi-use path for walkers and bike riders and drainage improvements that should help reduce harmful runoff into Irondequoit Bay.

"Up on the north end of the project, on county-owned land we built two public access parking lots that are made with pervious pavement which actually allows the rainwater to seep through the asphalt and recharge gradually into the groundwater system as a water quality measure," said McAnany.

Expect a large sign warning to reduce speed heading off of 590 and also telling you which spoke of the roundabout leads you where.

Sea Breeze Drive will officially be completed in a month.

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