West Branch DuPage River Trail: Blackwell to West DuPage Woods
The West Branch DuPage River Trail is a 23-mile long regional trail, roughly paralleling the DuPage River-West Branch that, when complete, will connect the North Central DuPage Regional Trail on the north and travel south to the county line where it will continue as the DuPage River Trail extending to Channahon. The Forest Preserve District has been working cooperatively with DuPage County, local municipalities and park districts to implement this trail for decades.
After the trail segments through downtown Winfield and along Fair Oaks Road are constructed in 2016-2017, there will only be one remaining trail segment left to complete – the segment from Blackwell to West DuPage Woods. This segment will involve .7 miles of asphalt trail and 2 bridges to cross Roosevelt Road (IL-38) and the West Branch of the DuPage River. Due to its complexity, it is anticipated that this segment will cost approximately $5.5 million for engineering and construction.
For a conceptual map of the project area, click here.
The Forest Preserve District recently received $777,788 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.