The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Trail Closure and Maintenace Information

Trail Detour / Closure Alerts


DETOUR -- Illinois Prairie Path Main Stem at CCP Railroad (Elmhurst)  

Work to realign the Illinois Prairie Path-Main Stem at the CCP Railroad (west of York Road) is scheduled to begin the week of July 21.   The alignment of the path approaching the at-grade crossing will be improved to provide smoother curves and better sight lines to complement the crossing gates which were installed by the railroad in 2013.   We will also install a new path connection between the Illinois Prairie Path and the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Seminole Avenue.   

In order to accommodate the proposed work, it will be necessary to close the Illinois Prairie Path.  DuPage County will install detour signage using Prairie Path Lane, the path through Pioneer Park, Vallette Street, and York Street.  It is expected that the work will be completed by mid-September

The project is being coordinated with the CCP Railroad (owned/operated by the CN Railroad).  The railroad plans to replace the pedestrian crossing while we have the path closed.  The project is also being coordinated with the Elmhurst Park District.    

Illinois Prairie Path – July 1014 Com Ed's planned vegetation maintenance activities 

This trail alert notification provides information to Illinois Prairie Path users about potential conflicts anticipated to occur on the trail from July 21 - July 31, 2014.  ComEd’s will perform vegetation maintenance as a part of their mid-cycle vegetation maintenance program for distribution wires. Please follow the instructions of workers on the trail and approach work areas cautiously.  Planned work includes:

  1. Spot trimming and spot tree removal along various segments of the Illinois Prairie Path, Aurora Branch between Mile 0 in Wheaton and Eola Road in Aurora.   
  2. Spot trimming and spot tree removal along the Elgin Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path between Mile 0 / Volunteer Park to Jewel Road in Wheaton. 
  3. Spot trimming and spot tree removal along segments of the Main Stem of the Illinois Prairie Path between the East Branch DuPage River and Mile 0 / Volunteer Park. 

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. 

Stearns Road Trail   (Kane County)  

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a road reconstruction project on IL 25 from Stearns Road to Dunham Road in South Elgin will begin Tuesday, April 1, 2014, weather permitting, resulting in the closure of a segment of the Stearns Road Bike Trail. The segment of bike trail to be closed is located between the intersection of IL 25 at Stearns Rd and the Elgin Spur of the Illinois Prairie Path. The closure is anticipated to remain until September 1, 2015, weather permitting. Any questions concerning this bike trail closure may be directed to David Boesch, Chief of Construction, at (630) 845-7875.  

Trail Maintenance Alerts 

None at this time.       

Submit a Trail Maintenance Requests

If you see any downed branches or trail obstructions, please contact the DuPage County Trails Coordinator at 

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:

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.


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