Over the past several years, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Village of Winfield and Winfield Riverwalk Committee developed a segment of the West Branch DuPage River Trail that will connect residents to Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve, Wynwood Park, Lions Park, Oakwood Park, Winfield, Metra train station and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. This segment is one of the critical links remaining to complete the 23-mile West Branch DuPage River Trail, which will ultimately extend from the North Central DuPage Regional Trail in Hanover Park south to the DuPage County line, where it becomes the DuPage River Trail and extends to the I & M Canal Trail near Channahon.
The trail section includes approximately 2.1 miles of crushed limestone, 0.3 miles of asphalt and 0.6 miles on-street along the West Branch of the DuPage River through Winfield. It also includes a of a 640-foot boardwalk and an 80-foot by 14-foot prefabricated steel bridge.
A construction contract was awarded through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Federal Aid Process in late 2016. Construction is complete, and the trail opened in summer 2018.
The $2.9 million project was funded by $2.2 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and Transportation Alternatives Program Funds (TAP), $184,000 from the Village of Winfield, and $538,000 from the Forest Preserve District's C & D (construction and development) and bond funds.