East Branch DuPage River Trail Alignment Study Begins
Published: July 2019
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. The objective of the Alignment Study is to evaluate EBDRT alignment alternatives and identify a preferred alignment to carry forward into Phase I Engineering. The purpose of the Alignment Study is to gather data through a GIS database, coordinate with agency partners and stakeholders, and evaluate and recommend a preferred alternative alignment. This information will set the groundwork to initiate preliminary design. The intent is to pursue federal funding for construction and engineering through the various types of grant opportunities.
Providing a north-south connection between the Great Western Trail and the lllinois Prairie Path will provide a quality of life benefit to the bicycle and trail users in central DuPage County. Additionally, the proposed trail would link to a proposed segment of the East Branch DuPage River Trail that IDOT is constructing with their lL 56 (Butterfield Road) and lL Rte. 53 projects.