An elder man commented on the current Briarwood bridge design while standing at the Bridge: "It slows cars down automatically because of the narrowness. If they change that, it will be a speedway."
Comment: I'd really hate to see those old trees hacked down. We need more trees in the world, not less! The neighborhood would feel so bare without them.
POSTED IN THE DAILY HERALD on 8/10/12: Have the Palatine Township board save the expanded cost of the Briarwood Lane Bridge project by redesigning the replacement with no impact on the approaches and landscape. Save money, save trees and stop speeders.
Robert F. Johnson
Maggie O'Neill: "While save the bridge is a worthy cause, we should really be worried about saving our water supply. During this severe drought, the worst in 50 years, we have neighbors wasting our water to keep a green lawn. The fact that we are on "private wells" does not mean we have our own private water supply. We all draw from an ever dwindling water source. Wells can, and do, run dry. Home owners should turn off their auto-sprinklers. They are wasting everyone's water supply."
Comment The issue of revamping the approach to the bridge is I believe the major flaw in the plan vs. rebuilding. The extra cost of that effort and the impact on higher speed traffic thru the area is not warranted or wanted. We use Briarwood from Creekside to exit the area and never had a problem in over 36 years. Replace the Bridge but do not straighten Briarwood. Save money,save time and save residents from speeders. RFJOHNSON !
As a long time resident of Plum Grove Woodlands even before there was Plum Grove Estates I would hate to see
this bridge taken down and trees destroyed for the sake of a new road which this section doesn't need. I think that repair is the way to go and putting in a speed sign to slow traffic is a must. We must save the rural atmosphere in our
area as the world grows up around us. Eventhough I live in Wisconsin I still love the area and would not want to ruin it in any way. Thank you, Marilyn (Schiek) Hess
This bridge is beautiful, and historic. It would be criminal to replace it for any reason...if necessary restoration not
destruction! SAVE BRIARWOOD LANE & BRIDGE!
My name is Lou and I run a website called Modern Illinois (http://modernil.com)
I was wondering if there’s anything non-residents can do to help your effort to repair, rather than replace, the bridge on Briarwood.
As your website states so well, that bridge is an important part of the mid-century design aesthetic of Plum Grove Estates (one of my personal favorite neighborhoods in the area – in fact if you visit my site you’ll see that pictures of several PGE homes are used in our banner images).
I just returned from the Briarwood Bridge meeting. A resident brought up the question whether the Briarwood plan was tied to the Meacham Road expansion plan. Further investigation is needed. The Meacham Rd. expansion plan calls for Meacham to be expanded to 6 lanes from Higgins to Algonquin and 5 lanes from Algonquin to Emerson in Palatine. It makes sense that these plans would call for overflow traffic to be diverted through Briarwood. This would increase traffic exponentially on Briarwood thus the need to now reconfigure and widen the road. This plan has been in the works for many years and we are just hearing about this in the final phase of the plan. If you are a resident of PGE and want to preserve our community please get involved.
Deborah Fritzler said: My parents have been living off Briarwood since 1980. It has always been a joy to talk a walk down Briarwood and feel safe because there was minimal traffic and the speed limit was low.
Please do not replace Briarwood Bridge.
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