Transportation
7:53 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Closed Purcell-Lexington Bridge Update Set For Monday

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission plans to review the progress of emergency repair work on a closed bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington.

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the closed James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River - Feb. 7, 2013
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / Facebook

Commission members will meet Monday for an update on the project from Department of Transportation officials. The emergency work involves the US-77-State Highway 39 bridge over the Canadian River.

The bridge was closed on Jan. 31 after cracks were discovered in structural bridge beams. The commission awarded an emergency contract for bridge repairs, and work began on Feb. 14.

Work was supposed to be complete in 45 days, but workers have discovered additional cracks that could affect the timeline of the reopening of the bridge.

The bridge's closure has caused a 45-minute detour for commuters who travel between two communities that are less than one mile apart.

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