Highland Crossing Trail (Formerly Highland Park/Canalway Trail Study)

The Highland Crossing Trail, formerly known as the Highland Park Canalway Trail, is a joint project between the Town of Brighton and the City of Rochester. Federal funding for the Scoping & PE, Detailed Design, ROW Incidentals and ROW acquisition phases was provided through the 2011 – 2014 TIP, (Transportation Improvement Program).

The Highland Crossing Trail project is located in the southeast quadrant of Monroe County along the west side of the Town of Brighton and southeast quadrant of the City of Rochester. The project begins at Brighton Town Park, located southeast of Sawgrass Drive, and terminates at the Genesee Riverway Trail near the intersection of McLean Street and Wilson Boulevard for a total project length of 3.3 miles.

The Trail location is in an archaeologically sensitive area, with eleven prehistoric and historic sites and six National Register listed or eligible properties or districts within one mile of the project location. In addition, the trail provides access via a raised boardwalk system to a state wetland that represents the headwaters of Buckland Creek. The trail has been designed to preserve the existing wetland area.

The proposed trail is a multi-use neighborhood connector trail between the Erie Canal Heritage Trail (the “Canalway Trail’) on the south, Brighton Town Park, Highland Park, and the Genesee Riverway Millennium Trail on the west near Mt. Hope Cemetery. The trail will provide connections from neighborhoods in both the Town of Brighton and the City of Rochester to both the Canalway Trail and Genesee Riverway Trail, provide statewide trail users access to several important parks and open space resources in the Town and City and create an alternative transportation route to the area’s largest employers such as the University of Rochester and the Monroe Community College. In addition to bicyclists, it is expected that walkers, joggers, in-line skaters, skateboarders, and non-motorized scooter riders will also be using the trail. There is currently no designated pedestrian/bicycle route connecting the Canalway Trail, Highland Park and the Genesee Riverway Trail. A pedestrian or bicycle desiring access to any of these three facilities must use the existing roadway and sidewalk system in the Town of Brighton and the City of Rochester to access these destinations.

Below are links to various documents associated with the project.