For at least the past decade, planners in the Rochester region have made a coordinated effort to connect the area's many multi-use trails. And one of those efforts recently received a substantial state grant.
The state Department of Transportation will give Brighton $1.3 million toward the $1.7 million Highland Crossing Trail project, which will connect a section of the Erie Canal trail in Brighton with a section of the Genesee Riverway Trail in the city near the University of Rochester.
Both trails could be compared to expressways for cyclists: they're direct routes that pass by key destinations — including UR, Monroe Community College, and downtown Rochester — and have few stops. The canal trail and Riverway trail connect at Genesee Valley Park, but the new path will provide a connection between points further north and east.
The multi-use trail will start at Brighton Town Park, which is off of Westfall Road near the South Clinton Avenue intersection, and will ultimately tie into the Genesee Riverway Trail near McLean Street. That road runs between Mt. Hope Avenue and Wilson Boulevard. Information provided by the DOT says construction for the trail should start later this year.
The DOT also awarded Rochester $1 million toward a $1.5 million three-quarter mile "cycle track" project along Elmwood Avenue. The cycle track is actually an eight to 10 foot wide two-way bike path separated from vehicle traffic and will be built between the Genesee River and Mt. Hope Avenue. The DOT says construction should start in summer 2015.