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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Regional Trail Development - East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail

DuPage County Department of Economic Development and Planning and the County Division of Transportation have released an Executive Summary of the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail Feasibility Study. The Executive Summary includes a map and overview of the proposed 31-mile bikeway which will originate in Bloomingdale and end in DuPage County at Woodridge.

The goal of the trail is to link the North Central DuPage Regional Trail on the north (just north of Lake Street) with the Illinois Prairie Path, Great Western Trail, and the future Southern DuPage County Regional Trail to the south (at Hobson Road).

This trail, using a combination of off-road and on-road bikeways, will tie together the 10 forest preserves including Spring Creek Reservoir (Lake Street), Swift Prairie, East Branch, Churchill Woods, Hidden Lake, and Green Valley. The trail will provide easy access to over 420,000 residents in central DuPage County, 29 local parks. 18 schools including College of DuPage and Benedictine College, and other destinations like Morton Arboretum. Last but not least, the trail provides non-motorized access to employment centers, downtown areas, train stations, and other commute destinations.

Communities with easy access to this new trail will include Bloomingdale, Addison, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wheaton, Lisle, Woodridge, and Bolingbrook.

This is a multi-jurisdictional project being implemented by affected communities, park districts, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, and the DuPage County Division of Transportation.

View a copy of the Executive Summary and map of the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail feasibility study.

Feasibility Study

A $99,000 study was completed using grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation and Community and System Preservation Program and matched by funding from the DuPage County Board

Status

The feasibility study is completed and copies of the Executive Summary can be obtained by contacting the Division of Transportation at (630) 407-6900 (Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays). DuPage County Division of Transportation has received a $2 million grant for Phase I Engineering of the portion of the trail known as the Benedictine Connector in Lisle. The Village of Bloomingdale has also received a grant to complete the trail within their boundaries between Lake Street and Army Trail Road. The Villages of Lisle and Woodridge and the County of DuPage are also working on the trail segment between Maple Avenue and Hobson Road. Additional efforts are underway to seek funding for completing individual segments of the trail in each community.

The County will continue to work with project partners to construct gaps in the East Branch River Greenway Trail and complete the visions of the feasibility study. There are many segments of this trail that may be difficult to develop due to land ownership, environmental issues, and funding. The County will coordinate the development of this trail system with project partners.  

Trail Map

View a copy of an updated map that illustrates the status of the development of the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail.