Millbrook Bridge on April 26, 2016

The historic Millbrook Bridge.  ( photo by Jim Wyman)

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission will vote on hiring Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick Civil Engineering firm of Elgin for the development of a construction plan, bid specifications and construction management services for demolition of the historic Millbrook Bridge.

The proposed cost of the construction and bid specifications is $22,000, and the cost of the construction management services is $54,600 for a total of $76,600.

Following an engineering study, the forest preserve closed the bridge to foot and bicycle traffic in April of 2016.

The historic Millbrook Bridge crosses the Fox River at Millbrook and was built in 1896. The Kendall County Forest Preserve tried to save the bridge by attempting to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Millbrook in 2015.

The forest preserve wanted an easement to allow its trails to pass over Dobson Ln., but Millbrook trustees voted unanimously against the intergovernmental agreement, bowing to neighbors' complaints that late night parties on the bridge were a nuisance.

In an August 3, 2018 letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, the chairwoman of the Kendall County Historic Preservation Commission signed off on the pending demolition of the historic Millbrook Bridge, citing safety concerns in her letter.

Kendall County Forest Preserve Commissioners then voted 7 to 1 on August 8 to proceed with a protected state-listed species agreement with the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources making way for future demolition of the bridge.

Since being closed to vehicle traffic in the early 1980's the historic Millbrook Bridge has been the site of weddings and photo opportunities for area residents.