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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Regional Trail Development - East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail

The East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail (EBDRGT, 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 31-miles of proposed facilities were identified in 2004.  That year, two of DuPage County's departments--Economic Development and Planning, and the Division of Transportation--collaborated to commission a feasibility study of the East Branch Trail.  The study serves 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 the segments of the East Branch Trail.

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.

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

Status

The County is seeking to undertake a new feasibility study for a challenging segment of the Trail.  To address the barriers between the Great Western Trail and Butterfield Road (IL 56) in Glen Ellyn, a study would be completed to identify solutions for closing trail gaps and navigating obstructions.  Multiple tributaries, state highways, and railroads present obstacles that the East Branch Trail would need to overcome, and solutions could prove to be technically difficult.

This renewed study effort is broadly supported by DuPage residents, County Board members, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and the municipalities of Glen Ellyn and Lombard.

For a copy of the 2004 Feasibility Study, contact the Division of Transportation at (630) 407-6900 (Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays).

Trail Map

View a copy of an updated map.