East Branch DuPage River Trail
The East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT, or East Branch Trail) is a planned 28-mile regional trail in central DuPage County. This north-south trail was first conceptualized in the 1990s as an off-street non-motorized pathway for DuPage residents west of I-355, connecting isolated pockets of forest preserves with parks, waterways, and several municipalities.
Much of the trail's 28 miles of proposed facilities were identified in 2004. That year, two of DuPage County's departments--Economic Development and Planning (now reconstituted), and the Division of Transportation--collaborated to commission a feasibility study of
the East Branch Trail. The study served as a guiding document for proposed facilities throughout the corridor. From that feasibility study, multiple engineering studies were embarked upon to begin designing and constructing segments of the East Branch Trail.
Many of those segments identified in 2004 have struggled to progress into constructible projects. In response to the project development difficulties that the County and its partners have encountered, the Division of Transportation has undertaken a new preliminary engineering study to identify a feasible alignment to construct in future years.
For additional questions or concerns, contact the Division of Transportation at (630) 407-6900 (Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays).
East Branch DuPage River Trail Alignment Study
In 2019, the County partnered with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Village of Glen Ellyn to undertake a preliminary engineering study, known as the East Branch DuPage River Trail Alignment Study. The purpose of the EBDRT Alignment Study was to identify a feasible alignment to carry forward into future engineering studies and, eventually, construction. The limits of the study area were from the Great Western Trail to Butterfield Road, where vast tracts of public lands are criss-crossed by utility rights of way, state roads, and riverways.
To learn more or inquire about the project, click on the link in the upper-right corner of the screen with the EBDRT's logo. We want to hear your feedback and appreciate your interest in the development of this trail.