A bridge on Birch Avenue will be replaced and doing so will eliminate a five-mile detour for heavy vehicles. At the Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, an agreement for funding for the bridge replacement about 1.25 miles south of Highway 22 was approved. Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius explained in its current condition, a weight limit is posted on the bridge, “It’s a significant impact to the community to get through there, especially the farming community. This posting creates roughly a five-mile detour to get from one side to the other. And like I said, in addition to being posted, the high girders on the side of the bridge make it feel narrow and difficult for big farm equipment to get through there.” It was originally built in 1928 and had some reconstruction work done in 1966. The design work is being done in-house. The estimated cost is $500,000.