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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Regional Trail Development - East Branch DuPage River Trail

The East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT, or East Branch Trail) is a planned 28-mile regional trail in central DuPage County.  This north-south trail was first conceptualized in the 1990s as a non-motorized pathway for DuPage residents west of IL-53, connecting isolated pockets of forest preserves with parks, waterways, and several municipalities.

Much of the trail's 28 miles of proposed facilities were identified in 2004.  That year, two of DuPage County's departments--Economic Development and Planning (now reconstituted), and the Division of Transportation--collaborated to commission a feasibility study of the East Branch Trail.  The study served as a guiding document for proposed facilities throughout the corridor.  From that feasibility study, multiple engineering studies were embarked upon to begin designing and constructing segments of the East Branch Trail.

Many of those segments identified in 2004 have struggled to progress into constructible projects.  In response to the project development difficulties that the County and its partners have encountered, the Division of Transportation has undertaken a new preliminary engineering study to identify a feasible alignment to construct in future years.  DOT has partnered with the Forest Preserve and the Village of Glen Ellyn to fund the study, known as the East Branch DuPage River Trail Alignment Study, and to come to consensus on where the EBDRT could feasibly be designed and constructed.

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

2019 Alignment Study

The County has partnered with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Village of Glen Ellyn to undertake a preliminary engineering study, known as the East Branch DuPage River Trail Alignment Study.  That study is anticipated to conclude in the first quarter of 2020.  The purpose of the Alignment Study is to identify a feasible alignment to progress into engineering and construction in future years.

For additional questions or concerns, contact the Division of Transportation at (630) 407-6900 (Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays).