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East Branch DuPage River Trail Pre-Phase I Study Begins
Published: July 2019
The DuPage County Division of Transportation (County) has initiated a Pre-Phase I Study for the East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT) from the Great Western Trail to Butterfield Road. The objective of the Pre-Phase I Study is to evaluate EBDRT alternatives and identify a corridor to carry forward into future engineering studies and construction. The ultimate goal of the study is to generate consensus among stakeholder agencies to determine a trail corridor that can be feasibly constructed. After determining a constructible trail corridor, the agencies will pursue grant funding opportunities to fund the EBDRT's construction.
The benefits of the trail are numerous. It will connect the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail in a part of DuPage County where no such connection currently exists. In addition to improving connectivity, the EBDRT will improve the quality of life for DuPage residents by connecting them to invaluable recreational opportunities along the East Branch of the DuPage River.
East Branch DuPage River Trail Pre-Phase I Study Concludes
Published: February 2022
The DuPage County Division of Transportation (County) has completed a Pre-Phase I Study for the East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT) from the Great Western Trail to Butterfield Road. The study consisted of thorough evaluation of proposed trail corridors with the intent of selecting a finalist corridor to carry forward. The study was guided by a steering committee consisting of key project stakeholders from surrounding public agencies, utility companies, and local advocates. Extensive coordination with those stakeholders and prospective project partners along the proposed corridor was undertaken by the study team.
Between Roosevelt Road (IL 38) and St Charles Road, one alignment was identified to be carried forward. South of IL 38, two alignments were supported by the steering committee and will undergo further evaluation in future engineering studies. The County intends to pursue federal and state transportation grant funds for engineering and construction of the EBDRT. Future phases may be contingent upon securing those grant funds.