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EBDRT FROM ST. CHARLES ROAD TO THE ILLINOIS PRAIRIE PATH

The DuPage County Division of Transportation (DuDOT) is planning a route for the East Branch DuPage River Trail from St. Charles Road to the Illinois Prairie Path (IPP). 

This project is currently in a Phase I Study during which environmental and engineering studies will be conducted for agency concurrence.

 

Involved agencies included: 

STATION 1: ABOUT THE STUDY

Project Location

This project will extend the EBDRT approximately 1.3 miles south from St. Charles Road to the IPP passing through the Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve, Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, Tollway and UPRR ROW, and GWA/Lombard property. 

Purpose

Once complete, the EBDRT will connect the Great Western Trail and the Illinois Prairie Path via Churchill Woods.

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Schedule

Illinois Tollway Coordination | 2022-2023

  • Identified I-355 Underpass as preliminary preferred alternative to cross under UPRR

  • Resulted in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a detailed I-355 underpass alternative evaluation

Phase I Study and UPRR crossing Preliminary Engineering | 2024

  • Collect data and evaluate existing conditions

  • Identify preliminary route through FPDDC and GWA property

  • Evaluate near-term improvements on I-355

  • Consider Tollway operations and potential future I-355 conditions

  • Hold Public Information Meeting to gain stakeholder input on preferred alternative

  • UPRR, FPDDC, Villages, GWA, Tollway Concurrence

Phase II Design Engineering | 2025

  • Obtain final approval for design and engineering plans

Phase III Construction | TBD

  • The construction start date will depend on plan readiness, funding availability and the status of any needed land acquisition. 

STATION 2: ALTERNATIVES EVALUATION

The EBDRT alignment through Churchill Woods and the GWA property were coordinated with those involved agencies and designed to meet the project goals:

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Safely connect the GWT to the IPP

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Provide a user-friendly community asset

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Preserve high-quality ecosystems

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Collocate with existing maintenance and access roads when possible

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Maximize recreational benefits by balancing river proximity and flooding

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Minimize new structures and wetland impacts

UPRR Crossing Alternatives

Safely crossing the UPRR barrier is a challenge. A study was completed to evaluate several crossing alternatives, all with significant issues. Alternatives included: 

  • Using the existing EBDR culvert (over a large diameter gas main);

  • Boring a new tunnel through the UPRR embankment (under high tension power lines);

  • Bridging 20 feet over the UPRR (60 feet over Crescent Blvd. and Hill Ave.); and

  • Using the existing Finley Road at-grade crossing (0.7 mi detour).

The study concluded with the Tollway and DuPage County entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to complete a detailed evaluation of the I-355 viaduct under UPRR for the EBDRT crossing.

The near-term goal of the Phase I Study is to evaluate the I-355 underpass to the level of design required to obtain concurrence from the Tollway and UPRR for its use.

Coordination with the Tollway and UPRR is ongoing and is expected to continue into Phase II Design Engineering to obtain permit approval. 

STATION 3: GET INVOLVED

Public involvement is essential as it allows stakeholders to provide input that addresses community concerns. Here are a few ways to stay involved and informed:

Visit the Project Website

Learn about the project, download documents, or submit a comment.


Attend the Meeting
A public information meeting will be held to gain stakeholder feedback on the proposed improvement plan. Details are still being determined and will be posted on this website.


Add a Public Comment
Once the Public Information Meeting date is determined and the comment period is opened, an interactive map will be provided for the public to share comments, provide ideas, and see what others are saying about EBDRT from St. Charles Road to the Illinois Prairie Path.  Until that time, a static aerial map is provided below as a temporary placeholder where you may zoom into any areas of interest. 

If you have other questions or comments, please visit the Contact page

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