The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Trail Closure and Maintenance Information

Trail Detour / Closure Alerts

IPP Batavia Spur & Aurora Branch, Naperville & Aurora 

Effective March 19, 2015, the Illinois Prairie Path Batavia Spur remains closed between the IPP Aurora Branch and Eola Road due to ComEd work.  Work had ben anticipated to be completed by Mid-March, but because of the harsh winter, their construction project was delayed.  ComEd has estimated that it will remain closed through at least April.

In addition, the Illinois Prairie Path Aurora Branch is scheduled to close beginning next week due to Nicor construction at Diehl Road.  The Aurora Branch will be closed between Diehl Road and Eola Road. The duration of the closure is estimated to be through spring and early summer.

A detour route will be posted for both closures.   The detour route will utilize Ferry / Bitler Road east-west between the IPP Aurora Branch and Eola Road and Eola Road north-south between Ferry and the IPP Aurora bridge over Eola Road. If the detour is not clearly marked, please feel free to advise me.

Illinois Prairie Path - Aurora Branch - Frontenac Road to the CN / EJ&E railroad

This segment of the Prairie Path is closed do to changed traffic patterns on the CN / EJ&E Railroad. The railroad is currently parking trains at the existing at-grade railroad crossing necessitating the re-routing of the Prairie Path. The Prairie Path has been re-routed to Diehl Road while the County develops plans to construct an underpass.  View Detour Map

Centennial Trail - between Willow Springs Road and Route 83 (Cook County)  

The Centennial Trail will be closed between Willow Springs Road and Route 83 effective May 1, 2013. During the trail's closure, which is expected to last 30 months, users are encouraged to take advantage of the Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal Trail which is located approximately 350 feet to the south. Ample parking is available near the I & M Trail.  The MWRD indicated that a detour route would be designated and marked.

This portion of the Centennial Trail is located on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) property southwest of the McCook Reservoir, a component of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan. The first phase of McCook Reservoir is due for completion in 2017, and when fully functional in 2029, it will have a total capacity of 10 billion gallons to capture combined sewer overflows that currently discharge to area waterways and cause sewer back-ups. It will also provide $90 million per year in flood control benefits to 3.1 million people living in 37 communities. Although the MWRD recognizes the inconvenience to those who enjoy this outdoor amenity, the MWRD hopes trail users realize the critical need for this project to the 3.1 million people it will serve. 

Trail Maintenance Alerts 

This trail alert notification provides information to County officials and DuPage County Trail users about potential conflicts due to ComEd vegetation maintenance activities scheduled to occur beginning April 22, 2015.  ComEd will perform vegetation maintenance (trimming and removal of re-growth) under electric distribution wires in the following corridors:  

  • Great Western Trail - Bloomingdale Road to Villa Avenue
  • Illinois Prairie Path, Main Stem - Washington Street to Prospect Avenue

Work is anticipated to require one week.  The trail will remain open, but please approach and any work zone  carefully and for your safety, follow the instructions of any workers or flaggers on the trail.     

Submit a Trail Maintenance Requests

If you see any downed branches or trail obstructions, please contact the DuPage County Trails Coordinator at  TrailPathCoordinator@dupageco.org

Receive Trail Closure and Maintenance E-Mail Alerts

Information concerning trail closures, trail detours, and maintenance activities will be posted on this page as it becomes available.  If you wish to receive trail detour or maintenance alerts via e-mail, please send a request to the DuPage County Trails Coordinator at: TrailPathCoordinator@dupageco.org.

Trail Maintenance Task Force 

The Trail Maintenance Task Force last met on March 4, 2013, at the DuPage County building (421 N. County Farm Road).  To review materials from this meeting, please go to the county's "Trail Maintenance Policy" webpage or contact the Trails Coordinator if you have any questions or wish to attend future meetings.

PAGE LAST UPDATED:  December 12, 2014