Transportation
8:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Weight Limits Placed On Damaged Lexington-Purcell Bridge

Officials have restricted the weight limit on a bridge in Cleveland County after discovering significant damage to the span.

The James C. Nance bridge connects Lexington and Purcell in Cleveland County.
The James C. Nance bridge connects Lexington and Purcell in Cleveland County.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says damage was discovered during an inspection Monday to the James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River connecting Lexington to Purcell. The Norman Transcript reports that the weight limit was initially dropped to five tons, but officials increased it to 16 tons on Tuesday.

The 16-ton limit allows school buses to cross the bridge but restricts some large tractor-trailers.

The bridge was built in 1938 and was placed on the state's list of structurally deficient bridges in 2012 because of its outdated design standard.

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