About the Project

Project Background​

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 an offstreet non-motorized pathway for DuPage residents west of I-355, connecting isolated pockets of forest preserves with parks, waterways, and several municipalities.

The DuPage County Division of Transportation (County) has initiated an Alignment Study for the East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT) from the Great Western Trail to Butterfield Road. The study area is over 4 miles long and is generally within the greenspace along the East Branch of the DuPage River within or adjacent to Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) holdings, ComEd property, and Tollway Right-of-Way within the Villages of Glen Ellyn and Lombard.  Potential Bike Path crossings to be considered include:

  • St. Charles Road 

  • Crescent Boulevard

  • Union Pacific Railroad

  • Hill Avenue  

  • Illinois Prairie Path

  • Fairview Avenue (IL 53)

  • Roosevelt Road (IL 38) and

  • Eleven (11) waterways

Study Team​

The County selected Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to complete the Feasibility Study, which will be developed in coordination with project stakeholders.


The project development process will be led by an inter-agency steering committee. The Steering Committee will serve an important role in assisting the County to determine study area needs, environmental constraints, potential alternatives, the preferred alignment, and priority segments.  Organizations invited to participate in the Steering Committee include the following:

  • ComEd


  • DuPage County Stormwater Management (DCSM)

  • Village of Glen Ellyn

  • Village of Lombard

  • Butterfield Park District

Three (3) Steering Committee meetings over the next 4 to 6 months are anticipated to assist with key project development milestones. 

Alignment Study Process

The Alignment Study is taking place before Phase I engineering in order to to evaluate a range of alignment alternatives and determine the preferred alignment(s) to carry into future engineering studies and construction. Phase I Engineering will be coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for review and approval to ensure project eligibility for future grant funding opportunities.

Overall Timeline​
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