Transportation
9:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Oklahoma To Offer Incentives To Speed Lexington-Purcell Bridge Repair

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will offer financial incentives to the contractor it chooses to fix a closed bridge between Lexington and Purcell.

The James C. Nance bridge that links Lexington and Purcell.
The James C. Nance bridge that links Lexington and Purcell.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

The commission has called a special meeting for Friday to award the contract. Commissioners will choose a contractor to perform emergency repairs to the James C. Nance Bridge that was closed Jan. 31 after cracks were found in structural bridge beams.

The project will cost about $5 million. Incentives for early completion and disincentives for finishing late will be up to $2,500 per hour, one of the most aggressive in agency history.

The required bidding process was boiled down from 160 days to only three or four days. It will take an estimated 45 days to complete the repairs and reopen the bridge to car traffic.

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