Regional Trail Development - Southern DuPage County Regional
Since 1996, the countywide bikeway plan for DuPage County has shown a conceptual trail across the southern portion of DuPage which would create a link between Aurora on the west side of the county and Hinsdale and Burr Ridge on the eastern side. In 2001 DuPage County executed an agreement with
TranSystems Corporation to further study this trail's potential and produce a feasibility study to identify a route. The study was approved by the DuPage County Board's Environmental Committee and Transportation Committee and implementation is underway.
This effort represents the largest new trail initiative by the County in the last ten years (since the Great Western Trail was initiated in the mid-1980s). The Southern DuPage Regional Trail includes the following major features:
- Creates a 46-mile regional trail utilizing and linking to existing and proposed off-road trails and bikeways in several communities and the DuPage County Forest Preserve District
- Contains a mixture of bikeway facility types including off-road paths (similar, for example, to the Illinois Prairie Path), on-street designated bicycle lanes, and on-street signed bicycle routes (provided through roadway shoulder improvements).
- Includes a main stem trail running from Aurora to Woodridge which then branches into 3 spurs in Woodridge including a main stem traveling a northern route, the Greene Valley Spur and the Waterfall Glen Spur.
- Connects the 11 communities of Aurora; Naperville; Woodridge; Darien; Bolingbrook; Downers Grove; Westmont; Clarendon Hills; Willowbrook; Burr Ridge; Hinsdale and unincorporated areas of Naperville, Lisle, and Downers Grove Townships.