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DuPage County Board of Commissioners passes 59-mile road system plan


The DuPage County Board has officially adopted a plan outlining how more than 59 of the 105-mile road system should be operated and maintained in the future, as well as solidifying the agencies responsible for its maintenance.

Mary Ozog, Chairman Mary Ozog, Chairman, appropriates $250,000 annually over the next 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2025, for new or improved wayfinding, improved crosswalks for safety, public education and recreation features, invasive species removal, and ecosystem improvements. It is anticipated that it will. said the following in an email response to questions from the Pioneer Press from the DuPage County Board Transportation Committee.

The DuPage County Trail Plan is a continuation of the county’s 2003 Trail Maintenance Policy, which advises the Department of Transportation (DuDOT) on how to invest in and create a more connected, environmentally friendly and safe road system.
“The plan was developed to improve the experience for trail users as well as to establish standards, guidelines and set new expectations for the quality of this public resource,” Ozog said.

Plans focus on creating a framework for the county’s three largest trail networks: the Illinois Prairie Path, the Great Western Trail and the Southern DuPage County Regional Trail.

DuDOT’s responsibilities include installing waypoint signs, restricting motor vehicles, maintaining the natural ecology along trails, and keeping roadways open and in good condition.

There is nothing in the plans about expanding the route network, but it was suggested that this idea was not off the table at the district board meeting on February 27.

“There’s no set path or trail that we’re going to follow, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for things to arise,” county engineer William Eidson said during the meeting.

A majority of respondents in a 2021 survey by the county said they wanted the trails to connect to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

The 30-mile East Branch DuPage River Trail, which connects the Illinois Prairie Trail to the arboretum, is being reviewed after plans received a $1.5 million federal grant last year that the county said would be used for engineering and environmental reviews and stakeholder engagement.

“Currently, the Trail Plan does not include the East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT). However, if the EBDRT becomes part of the DuPage County Trails network, it and other new trails will be included in the Plan as part of the trail system,” Ozog said.


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