The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Trail Closure and Maintenace Information

Trail Detour / Closure Alerts

Timber Ridge Trail 

Effective November 1, 2013, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District will close the Timber Ridge Trail to repair the boardwalk which was vandalized.  The trail segment between North Avenue and the Great Western Trail will be closed from November 1st through November 8th for repairs.  Barricades will be put in place with signage to alert the public of the project. No detour route is available.

 Illinois Prairie Path Main Stem at Chase Street (Wheaton)  

This message provides trail users information concerning upcoming construction on or near DuPage County trails by the Union Pacific Railroad.  Beginning in September 2013, there will be a minor detour of the Illinois Prairie Path at Chase Street in Wheaton (near Wheaton College) to prevent potential conflicts with construction activities. The Union Pacific Railroad will be completing work on an underpass that will connect the Illinois Prairie Path with Wheaton College.   Over 100 freight and passenger trains per day cross Chase Street.

Pedestrian access on Chase Street across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks will remain until the underpass is opened to the public.  

Illinois Prairie Path – Aurora Branch – Frontenac Road to the CN / EJ&E Railroad

This segment of the Prairie Path is temporarily closed do to changed traffic patterns on the CN / EJ&E Railroad. The railroad is currently parking trains at the existing at-grade railroad crossing necessitating the re-routing of the Prairie Path. The Prairie Path has been re-routed to Diehl Road while the County develops plans to construct an underpass.  View Detour Map 

Centennial Trail - between Willow Springs Road and Route 83 (Cook County)  

The Centennial Trail will be closed between Willow Springs Road and Route 83 effective May 1, 2013. During the trail’s closure, which is expected to last 30 months, users are encouraged to take advantage of the Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal Trail which is located approximately 350 feet to the south. Ample parking is available near the I & M Trail.  The MWRD indicated that a detour route would be designated and marked.

This portion of the Centennial Trail is located on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) property southwest of the McCook Reservoir, a component of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan. The first phase of McCook Reservoir is due for completion in 2017, and when fully functional in 2029, it will have a total capacity of 10 billion gallons to capture combined sewer overflows that currently discharge to area waterways and cause sewer back-ups. It will also provide $90 million per year in flood control benefits to 3.1 million people living in 37 communities. Although the MWRD recognizes the inconvenience to those who enjoy this outdoor amenity, the MWRD hopes trail users realize the critical need for this project to the 3.1 million people it will serve. 

Trail Maintenance Alerts 

None at this time.       

Submit a Trail Maintenance Requests

If you see any downed branches or trail obstructions, please contact the DuPage County Trails Coordinator at 

Receive Trail Closure and Maintenance E-Mail Alerts

Information concerning trail closures, trail detours, and maintenance activities will be posted on this page as it becomes available.  If you wish to receive trail detour or maintenance alerts via e-mail, please send a request to the DuPage County Trails Coordinator at:

Trail Maintenance Task Force 

The Trail Maintenance Task Force last met on March 4, 2013, at the DuPage County building (421 N. County Farm Road).  To review materials from this meeting, please go to the county's "Trail Maintenance Policy" webpage or contact the Trails Coordinator if you have any questions or wish to attend future meetings.


PAGE LAST UPDATED:  October 31, 2013