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6:17 am
Mon July 28, 2008

Ground Broken for Route 590 Sea Breeze Drive

Irondequoit, NY – Ground was broken in Irondequoit Monday for the Route 590 "Sea Breeze Drive" project.

The nearly $13 million reconstruction effort includes the addition of four roundabouts, sidewalks, a new median, improved drainage, and landscaping for the two-mile stretch between Titus Avenue and Lake Ontario.

The idea for the project came 13 years ago from then-Town Supervisor David Schantz, who says the reconstructed highway will be safer and move traffic more efficiently.

Town Supervisor Mary Ellen Heyman says she was first attracted to the project because of steps to improve steps. But she says it will also be a more attractive corridor with plans to improve landscaping and add aesthetics to the roundabouts.

Congressman Jim Walsh secured $8 million in federal funding for the project. The other $4.5 million will come from the state.

Construction is expected to last 18 months. It's the biggest public works project in the town's history.