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Sections of Old Plank Road Trail to Close


The Forest Preserve District's boom mower will be working along the Old Plank Road Trail, starting Thursday, February 20. 

Sections of the trail will be closed as the powerful boom mower trims back shrubbery from the sides of the path. The work is expected to take place intermittently along the trail over the next few months.

On February 20, the boom mower will travel west from Park Road to the Washington Street access, and then make its way east from Park Road approaching Cherry Hill Road. On Friday, February 21, the mower will resume its work, continuing east along the path to Gougar Road. Then, from Monday, February 24 until Thursday, February 27, it will travel from Gougar Road to Cedar Road. Multiple crews will be working on the Old Plank Road Trail throughout the project, conducting general trail cleanup of the brush removed by the boom mower.

Trail users are urged to use caution and take note of trail closure signs that will be posted in areas where the mower is cutting. If you come upon a closure sign, turn around. Do not attempt to pass the boom mower.

While this project is scheduled to take multiple days, weather and other factors could change the timeline. Updates will be posted here if schedule changes occur and as the project progresses.


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