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Prairie Path closes for improvements in Elmhurst

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 9:44 a.m. CDT

ELMHURST – Detours for the Illinois Prairie Path will begin Friday.

Work to realign the Illinois Prairie Path at the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad, which is west of York Street, is scheduled to begin the week of July 21, according to the city of Elmhurst website.

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.

A new path connection between the Illinois Prairie Path and the intersection of Prospect and Seminole avenues will also be installed.

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, which is owned/operated by the Canadian National Railroad. The railroad plans to replace the pedestrian crossing while the path is closed.

The project is also being coordinated with the Elmhurst Park District.

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