North Central DuPage Regional Trail – Pratt’s Wayne Woods Segment
The North Central DuPage Regional Trail is a 35-mile long regional bicycle trail spanning the northern part of the county which, when complete, will connect the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path on the west to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Schaumburg Bikeway System on the east. The Forest Preserve District has been working cooperatively with DuPage County, local municipalities and park districts to implement this trail for decades.
The entire trail is complete except for the final remaining segment that will connect existing trails in Bartlett, west of IL 59, through Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne to the Illinois Prairie Path – Elgin Branch. This segment is estimated to cost $3,100,000 for engineering and construction.
For a conceptual map of the project area, click here.
The Forest Preserve District recently received $1,500,000 in Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds for the construction of this final remaining segment and is currently working on Phase I engineering for the project. Next steps toward implementation include applying for additional grant funds to cover the funding shortfall, completing the necessary engineering studies and public outreach. To meet the terms of the STP grant, the trail must be under construction by 2021.