The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Trail Closure and Maintenance Information

Trail Detour / Closure Alerts

Batavia Spur, Naperville & Aurora 

The Batavia Spur of the Illinois Prairie Path will be closed beginning October 2, 2014 between the IPP Aurora Branch and Eola Road. A trail detour has been marked using Ferry and Eola Roads.  ComEd has received permission from NICOR to access the trail to perform maintenance work on electric transmission lines that cross the IPP.  While there may not be any equipment or activity at the point of the detour, equipment that poses a threat to the safety of trail users will be present and the detour must be utilized. The Batavia Spur is anticipated to re-open in mid-January 2015.  Click here for a detour map.     

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

This segment of the Prairie Path is 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 

This trail alert notification provides information to Great Western Trail users about potential conflicts due to ComEd vegetation maintenance activities scheduled to occur beginning February 16th .  ComEd will perform vegetation maintenance under electric transmission wires and towers in the corridor parallel to the Great Western Trail between Schmale Road and Swift Road.  Planned work includes: 

  • Trimming and tree removal.   
  • Prairie Seeding 

Work is anticipated to require two to three weeks with “rolling” trail closures to be occur where ComEd is working that day.  Trail closure signage will be posted.  Please follow the instruction of workers on the trail and do not enter the work zone; violators may be prosecuted.              

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:  December 12, 2014