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North Central DuPage Regional Trail

The North Central DuPage Regional Trail (NCDRT) is a 19-mile trail spanning northern DuPage County.  Stretching from Roselle to Wayne, the eastern terminus of the NCDRT connects to trails in Cook County that merge at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove.

Like many other DuPage regional trails, this multi-jurisdictional project is shared among multiple agencies.  To date, municipalities, park districts, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the DuPage County Division of Transportation (DuDOT), and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have all participated throughout the trail's development process.

Status

The trail is close to completion.  The project linking the western terminus of the NCDRT with the IPP Elgin Branch is currently underway.  Led by the Forest Preserve, the final trail segment is planned for construction near the west side of Munger Road to connect to the Elgin Branch west of the intersection of Smith Road and Munger in Pratt's Wayne Woods.

For more information, please visit our project status page for additional details.  Or, visit the Forest Preserve's project page at https://www.dupageforest.org/news/upcoming-projects/pratts-wayne-woods-north-central-regional-trail.

History

The North Central DuPage Regional Trail was first conceived as the North-Central Bikeway, an east-west trail route through the northern third of DuPage.  In its first appearance in the 1996 Regional Bikeway Plan, the trail followed Schick Road and Lies Road toward Glendale Heights.  It was identified for its significance as a link to north-south bikeways throughout DuPage, but at that time it was acknowledged that its conceptual nature meant that it would need some help from future roadway projects to be implemented.  Throughout the 2000s, the trail grew into the 19-mile plethora of sidepath, on-road, and offstreet trail facilities that it is today.

By the time that the 2008 Regional Bikeway Plan was adopted, over 3/4 of the trail had already been completed.  Today, just one segment remains at the western terminus.  With the NCDRT nearing completion, residents and visitors in DuPage's northern communities will soon be able to travel from the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path to Busse Woods in Cook County without the aid of a vehicle.