- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has closed the bridge over the South Canadian River between Purcell and Lexington because of cracking.

Structural engineers and consultants say the bridge will be closed until the cracking discovered during a Jan. 20 inspection can be stopped.

O-DOT says once the cracking is stopped, the bridge will be reassessed to whether it can be reopened to regular passenger vehicles. No heavy trucks or school buses will be allowed to use the bridge until it’s fully repaired.

Northbound US 77 and eastbound Oklahoma 39 traffic should use Interstate 35 to eastbound Oklahoma 9, then south on US-77. Westbound Oklahoma 39 should use US-77 north to westbound Oklahoma 9, then south on I-35.

The bridge was built in 1938 and carries nearly 9,000 vehicles a day.

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