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Officials Break Ground on County Farm Road Bridge Project

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(June 7, 2016)  Dozens of supporters celebrated a groundbreaking today for construction of a pedestrian bridge over County Farm Road that will connect Mallard Lake and Hawk Hollow forest preserves. Construction is expected to be completed by fall.

A new 1-mile trail at Mallard Lake will connect the bridge to existing trails at the preserve and provide a missing link in the greater 35-mile North Central DuPage Regional Trail, which will eventually connect Cook County to the West Branch DuPage River Trail.

“This has been a vision by many agencies and bike advocacy groups and we are excited to finally see it become a reality,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore at the groundbreaking on the west side of Greenbrook Elementary School in Hanover Park. 

The project is a collaborative effort between the Forest Preserve District, DuPage County, the Illinois Departments of Transportation and Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, as well as various municipalities and townships. 

The project is being funded by $500,000 form DuPage County; a $1 million grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and $1.98 million in federal funding through the Surface Transportation Enhancement Program.   

Also in attendance at the groundbreaking was DuPage County Board Member and Transportation Committee Chairman Donald Puchalski, who said the project was possible due to cooperation from many.

“The County and the Forest Preserve District have worked cooperatively to plan and develop a regional trail system that enables our population to lead a healthy life and have non-motorized travel options,” said Puchalski, District 1.

“Today our county has over 500 miles of paths, bike routes and bike lanes affecting all corners of the county. This robust trail system was constructed over the last 20 years as a result of the coordination between the county, forest preserve, municipalities and townships. Today’s groundbreaking is another example of how those collaborations and partnerships have functioned for the benefit of county residents.”

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6, said recreational amenities such as forest preserve trails improve the quality of life for DuPage County residents. “Residents not only benefit from physical activity but they also experience improved mental clarity and emotional satisfaction by visiting natural areas,” Murphy said.

Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said he was thrilled to see the project get underway after having worked on it since 1987. “I’m excited that this is going to happen. It’s going to get me back on my bicycle and get back on these trails. We have marvelous trails out here,” Craig said. 

Image © Deb Humiston

Speaking at the groundbreaking was Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore, Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6; Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig; and DuPage County Board Member and Transportation Committee Chairman Donald Puchalski, District 1. 

Image © Deb Humiston
Breaking ground on the new County Farm Road bridge and trail project is Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3; Forest Preserve District Commissioner Marsha Murphy, District 1; DuPage County Board Member and Transportation Committee Chairman Donald Puchalski; Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore; Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig; Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6; and DuPage County Board Member Jim Zay, District 6, DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman.   
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DuPage County Board Member and Transportation Committee Chairman Donald Puchalski (left), District 1; DuPage County Board Member and Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay, District 6; and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.
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Hanover Park officials in attendance at Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony.
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