Trail Linking Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove Could Cost $32M

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Officials in DuPage County say construction of a 5-mile segment of forest preserve trail could cost as much as $32 million.The planned portion of the East Branch DuPage River Trail would connect Glen Ellyn with Downers Grove. It would roughly run along the East Branch of the DuPage River.  

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Landscape Architect Supervisor Jessica Ortega said the trails need to be built so more people will want to use them and can use them safely.  The high construction cost of $22 million to $32 million will be to build bridges and tunnels over and under major roads, "complicated crossings,” such as Roosevelt Road, Butterfield Road and Route 53, as well as the Union Pacific Railroad.Ortega said trying to use the trail while dealing with heavy-traffic roads can be intimidating.

The trail will have to navigate wetlands. In some cases, there'll be a fee to pay for removing them. In other cases, the wetlands may need to be mitigated or replaced in other areas, Ortega said.Ortega says officials will be applying for federal grants to help pay for the project.