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I&M Canal Trail in Lockport reopens after soil remediation work

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Photo courtesy of Ron Molk

A stretch of the I&M Canal Trail in Lockport that closed in early November for a soil remediation project, has reopened to the public.

Nicor Gas and ComEd hired a contractor to excavate soil along the trail that was contaminated with chemical compound residuals from a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) that once existed at the site.

The trail was closed from the Dellwood Park access point north to Division Street. While the trail section has reopened, orange construction fencing remains alongside a portion of the path to protect areas that will undergo landscaping restoration in the spring.

For more information on the project, visit Lockport MGP Environmental Cleanup Project website.

The trail section involved in the project is owned by the state but leased and managed by the Forest Preserve District.


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