West Branch Regional Trail: Winfield Mounds To West DuPage Woods
Over the past several years, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, village of Winfield and Winfield Riverwalk Committee have been working cooperatively to develop a segment of the West Branch DuPage River Trail that will connect residents to Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve, Wynwood Park, Lions Park, Oakwood Park, downtown Winfield, the Winfield Metra station, and Central DuPage Hospital. This segment is one of the critical links remaining to complete the 23-mile West Branch DuPage River Trail, which will ultimately extend from the North Central DuPage Regional Trail in Hanover Park south to the DuPage County line, where it becomes the DuPage River Trail and extends to the I&M Canal Trail near Channahon.
The project will consist of constructing a 10-foot-wide regional trail and bikeway that meanders through downtown Winfield along the West Branch of the DuPage River. There will be approximately 2.1 miles of crushed limestone screenings, 0.3 miles of asphalt, and 0.6 miles on street with striping and signage. It will also include construction of a 640-foot boardwalk and an 80-foot by 14-foot prefabricated steel bridge.
For a map of the project area, click here.
The estimated cost of the project is approximately $2.9 million, which will be funded by $2.2 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and Transportation Alternatives Program Funds (TAP), $184,000 from the village of Winfield, and $538,000 from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's construction and development and bond funds.
A construction contract was awarded through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Federal Aid Process in late 2016. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.