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posted: 9/28/2012 1:26 PM

Bridge closed at Geneva forest preserve

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  • The bridge from the island to the west bank of the Fox River in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva has been deemed unsafe, and closed this week.

       The bridge from the island to the west bank of the Fox River in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva has been deemed unsafe, and closed this week.
    Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer

  • A bridge in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva has started to break away from the approach at its western end, with a 4-inch drop. The bridge takes Fox River Trail users across the river.

       A bridge in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva has started to break away from the approach at its western end, with a 4-inch drop. The bridge takes Fox River Trail users across the river.
    Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer

  • A worker barricades the western end of a bridge connecting the west bank of the Fox River to an island in Fabyan Forest Preserve Friday morning. The bridge has started collapsing at the western end.

       A worker barricades the western end of a bridge connecting the west bank of the Fox River to an island in Fabyan Forest Preserve Friday morning. The bridge has started collapsing at the western end.
    Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer

 
 

Fox River Trail users face an unexpected detour, in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva.

A concrete bridge that connects the trail from the western bank of the river to an island has started to collapse. The Kane County Forest Preserve District closed it Thursday.

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The closure means bicyclists, skaters and walkers have to travel a couple hundred feet north to a causeway to get to the island. The wooden bridge from the island to the eastern shore is open.

The concrete bridge dropped 4 inches at its western end, where it connects to the bridge approach.

The bridge was there when the district bought the site in 1939 from the estate of Nelle Fabyan.

Fabyan and her husband, George, moved to the area in 1909 and bought more than 300 acres of land along the river. The preserve spans the river, from Route 31 on the west to just east of Route 25 on the east. It contains the Fabyan Villa Museum, parts of which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; the Fabyan Windmill; a sledding area; and the Japanese Garden. The Web page for the preserve said it is the most heavily used of the district's sites.

The bridge's closure makes for the second detour on the Fox River Trail in Geneva. Island Park has been closed several months while the Geneva Park District replaces a bridge. It expects to finish that work by mid-October.

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