Collage  Millbrook Bridge, Joe Frazee, Amy Cesich, and Jeff Wehrli

The future looks bleak for the historic Millbrook Bridge (top photo).  HLR Engineer Joe Frazee (lower left) told the Kendall Co. Forest Preserve Commission on Tues. that the bridge's piers are deteriorating.  Commissioner Amy Cesich (bottom center) said that this is the bridge's "final hour." And former forest preserve President Jeff Wehrli wondered if the forest preserve has enough funds to match any grants it might receive to save the bridge. ( photos by James Wyman)

At their Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, Kendall County Forest Preserve Commissioners expressed little hope that the historic Millbrook Bridge could be saved.

The 1897 bridge is scheduled to be demolished by D Construction of Coal City this coming July or August.  Cost of the demolition is $476,784.

HLR Engineer Joe Frazee told the forest preserve commission that the Millbrook Bridge limestone piers are "actively deteriorating."

Forest preserve commissioner Amy Cesich lamented the impending demise of the Millbrook Brige.

Forest preserve commissioner Matt Kellogg thinks demolishing the bridge will cost too much money. He wants to leave it.

Former Kendall County Forest Preserve President Jeff Wehrli was present at Tuesday's meeting, and the commissioners asked Wehrli to come to the podium and give a history of the effort to save the bridge.

Wehrli recounted how he and forest preserve Director David Guritz had tried to persuade the Millbrook Village Board to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the forest preserve to establish a trail system that would use the bridge as passage over the Fox River.

Millbrook voted against that proposal.

Wehrli added that the forest preserve probably doesn't have the funds to match any grants for the bridge.

The Kendall County Forest Preserve will consider passage of the demolition contract at next Tuesday's regular 9:00 a.m. meeting.

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