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Transportation
2:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin Seeks Federal Help For Businesses Affected By Bridge Closure

Workers repair the James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River between Lexington and Purcell - March 7, 2014
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Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday she’s asking for federal aid for businesses in Purcell and Lexington affected by the closure of a state bridge that connects the two communities.

In a statement, Fallin said she’s requesting an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That allows McClain and Cleveland county businesses to apply for federally subsidized loans.

Fallin declared a state of emergency two months ago that allowed state reimbursements of up to $100,000 for each of the cities and the two counties. 

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Transportation
9:06 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Roads Or Schools? Oklahoma Transportation Commission Gets Ready For Less Money

Credit Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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Oklahoma News
12:12 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

ODOT: Fix To Cleveland County Bridge May Take Months

Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says a damaged bridge in Cleveland County will likely remain closed for several months, creating commuting nightmares for residents of Purcell and Lexington.

The James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River connecting Lexington to Purcell was closed last week after the discovery of several cracks in the truss beams.

Department officials told the Oklahoma Transportation Commission this week that the repairs could take several months.

The closure isn't welcome news to many residents of Purcell and Lexington.

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Transportation
8:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Weight Limits Placed On Damaged Lexington-Purcell Bridge

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

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

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.

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Transportation
10:59 am
Tue January 7, 2014

ODOT No Longer Concerned With Decreasing Trust Fund

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday they will set aside plans created over the holiday break about how to handle projects or lettings in 2014, after the mid-December budget deal approved by Congress generated some funds for states.

The new budget calls for $9.6 billion to be infused into the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which reimburses ODOT for eligible projects.

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Transportation
12:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

ODOT Still Concerned With Federal Funds Reimbursement

Credit Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday they are still concerned with federal highway funding and how it will affect ongoing and future projects in the state.

ODOT Director Mike Patterson said in November that the agency is going be more conservative in issuing new projects because of these uncertainties in federal funding. 

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Transportation
8:04 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Hundreds Of Oklahoma Bridges Outdated, In Poor Condition

Highway 51 bridge between Wagoner and Coweta, Okla. taken in 2009. After years of serving it's purpose, it is being replaced by a more standardized and safer deck.
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Despite increases in transportation funding and an aggressive program to improve the state's roads and bridges, federal data shows hundreds of Oklahoma bridges are outdated and in poor condition.

An Associated Press analysis of bridges in the National Bridge Inventory shows Oklahoma had 414 bridges across the state that are both structurally deficient and fracture critical.

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Transportation
3:04 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

UPDATE: Oklahoma Improving The Number of Poor State Bridges

The new I-40 Crosstown under construction near Penn Ave. - December 2011
Credit Oklahoma Department of Transportation

A new study shows Oklahoma has cut its number of structurally deficient state bridges in half in less than a decade.

Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson presented the figures Monday to the agency's governing commission. Patterson says Federal Highway Commission data shows the number of structurally deficient state bridges dropped from 1,168 in 2005 to 556 currently.

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