ODOT: Fix to Cleveland Co. bridge may take months

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) - 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. Lexington City Manager Charlie McCown tells The Norman Transcript many municipal workers typically only drive three or four miles daily to get to work. With the bridge closure, many now have to drive closer to 80 miles a day.

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