- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

PURCELL, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma transportation officials say a bridge linking two towns that was closed because of cracks should be reopened by June 14.

The closure has caused headaches for residents and businesses of Purcell and Lexington. Normally, it takes about five minutes to drive between the communities, but the closure has upped that to 45 minutes.

The bridge has been closed since January when initial cracks were found. Transportation officials announced last month that additional cracks were located.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Thursday that a contractor working to fix the James. C. Nance bridge has completed the initial steps to remove rivets and replace them with bolts. The areas need to be sandblasted and painted before additional repairs can be made.


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