Back in the 1990’s, Rich & I lived along the Old Trolley Trail (aka the Perinton Hike/Bikeway) in Fairport. We used the trail year-round for hikes, bike trips and even snowshoeing in the winter. But, if we wanted to head into the village of Fairport we had to leave the trail at the canal end, follow a dirt path, cross through an industrial area and follow Turk Hill Road over the Erie Canal to pick up the Erie Canalway Trail. It was doable but the traffic was dangerous and a pedestrian bridge to link the two trail would have been much nicer.
The bridge was in the planning stages. Then the years ticked bye. Recently an article in the Fairport Post replied to the question “what happened to the bridge proposal?” According to Perinton Commissioner of Public Works, Tom Beck, “the project design for the bridge has been completed by the construction is at a standstill due to a land transfer agreement. Construction of the pedestrian bridge is made possible through a federally funded Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) grant administered by the NY State DOT. As part of the funding requirement, the grant money must be spent on improvements on land that is either owned or under long-term lease to the applicant.”
“Since 2006, the Town of Perinton has been trying to complete a land transfer from the NY State Canal Corp, which currently owns the land. “Due to the significant amount of internal Canal Corp requirements associated with transferring ownership of property, it has taken the Canal Corp an excessive amount of time to progress the land transfer through their organization.”
Beck expects the land transfer to be “forthcoming soon” and once the transfer is complete, the project will be free to move forward.
Someday – hopefully in the near future – these two trails will be connected. Meanwhile, both trails (and many others) are mapped and detailed in the guidebook “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Rochester, NY Area.”