Progress on DuPage County DOT Trail Improvements
North Central DuPage Regional Trail Bridge at County Farm Road (County Farm Road Bridge)
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is working with DuPage County Department of Transportation to design and construct a missing trail link and bridge over County Farm Road in Hanover Park. Once completed, this will connect forest preserve trails in the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve and Mallard Lake Forest Preserve and complete a crucial missing link of the North Central DuPage Regional Trail. View project location map.
Funding is in place to pay for this project. The DuPage County Forest Preserve District has retained a consultant to design the bridge. Construction is anticipated for late 2016.
Benedictine Connector Trail
The Benedictine Connector Trail will link downtown Lisle and Benedictine College and is a part of the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail. In addition, the trail will be routed through Community Park, an underpass under the Burlington Northern Railroad, and along the East Branch of the DuPage River. View project location map.
This project is in the design and engineering phase. There is no timetable for construction.
Illinois Prairie Path - Aurora Spur crossing of the EJ&E Railroad
The EJ&E Railroad has received a grant from the Illinois Commerce Commission to construct an underpass and restore he original trail alignment. However, a funding gap still exists. View project location map.
The county is working to obtain / budget funds. Preliminary engineering studies have been initiated.
31st Street Trail – Highland to Meyers
The 31st Street Trail is a segment of the I-88 Central DuPage Bikeway which connects the communities of Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and Lombard. The 31st Street Trail would construct a one-mile missing segment between Highland Avenue and Meyers Road. It would connect the municipal bikeway systems of Downers Grove and Oak Brook to Lyman Woods Forest Preserve; Midwestern University; and employment centers at the west end of the corridor. By extending the existing trail in Oak Brook along 31st Street further west, Downers Grove, west Oak Brook and unincorporated residents will gain easy access to Mayslake Forest Preserve, Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, Oak Brook parks, and the 35-mile Salt Creek Greenway Trail. View project location map.
The project alignment has been determined. Design engineering is nearly completed. Construction is anticipated in 2015.
South Lisle-Woodridge Trail segment of the East Branch DuPage River Trail
This proposed project would construct a link to connect the Southern Trail at Hobson Road to the Benedictine Connector Trail at Maple Avenue. This 5.5 mile segment, known as the South Lisle/Woodridge Trail, is the southern end of the 31-mile East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail.
The trail would originate at a 4-mile East Branch Trail segment funded and planned for 2014 construction called the Benedictine Connector. Along the way, the South Lisle/Woodridge Trail would connect River Road Park, River Bend Golf Course, the Four Lakes residential community (350-acre mixed use development housing 5000 residents in an active outdoor recreation-oriented community), the Sox-Bulls Training Camp, and Seven Bridges Golf Course. The trail would terminate at the 46-mile Southern DuPage County Regional Trail and the 1425-acre Greene Valley Forest Preserve. View project location map.
The County has worked with the Village of Lisle and other project partners to determine the most effective alignment and has completed Phase I engineering. We are currently awaiting IDOT’s approval of the Phase I engineering report. There is no immediate construction schedule anticipated.
Gary Avenue Trail
A side path is planned along Gary Avenue between the Great Western Trail and Army Trail Road as a part of the Gary Avenue improvement project.
The project is in the design phase. Construction is anticipated for 2016.