Millbrook Bridge Collage

(Left photo):  Millbrook Bridge in winter of 2015. (Right photos) Demolition of bridge by D Construction. (Millbrook Bridge photo by James Wyman; demolition photos for WSPYNews.com by Christian Landorf)

The Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission unanimously approved paying D Construction of Coal City $336,405,14 for demolition of the historic Millbrook Bridge over the Fox River.

D Construction will also do two projects at Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville in exchange for the bill reduction.

The original bill was for $476,784.03, but the Aug. 25, 2020 bridge demolition created controversy since the bridge demolition took only one day.  The contract called for the demolition to take five weeks..

At last Tuesday's Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission meeting, Director David Guritz told forest preserve commissioners that there were two negotiated agreements with D Construction.

The forest preserve commission still must pay $18,500 for the two Hoover projects.

Forest preserve President Judy Gilmour, commissioner Scott Gryder and Guritz negotiated the bill with D Construction and commissioner Brian DeBolt thanked them for their work.

The historic Millbrook Bridge was originally constructed in 1897.  It was used until the early 1980's.  The bridge then became the site of weddings and family photos.

Photographer Christian Landorf took photos recently of debris from the demolition still present in the Fox Rover. The river is low this fall so the debris is visible.

Another problem at the demolition site is a tree lying on the limestone pier on the east side of the Fox.

Hear Jim Wyman's WSPY Radio story by clicking the link below: