- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014

LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) - A town hall meeting is planned to update residents in Cleveland County about repairs to the bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Fire Department. The James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River has been closed since Jan. 31, creating travel nightmares for residents of the two towns.

The bridge was closed after cracks were discovered in structural bridge beams. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded an emergency contract last week for bridge repairs, and work began at 5 p.m. Friday.

The bridge is expected to reopen in 45 days.

The contractor can earn up to $2,500 per hour for beating the reopening deadline. The contractor can also be penalized for finishing late.



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