Lexington-Purcell Bridge Reopening Soon

Jun 2, 2014

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation expects to reopen a bridge between Lexington and Purcell in the next two weeks.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the $20 million project south of Oklahoma City took longer than expected.

ODOT officials had hopes to complete the bridge between Lexington and Purcell just 45 days after it was closed on January 31st.

But, that got delayed and Chief Engineer Casey Shell tells the Transportation Commission it should be back open to the public on June 14th.

"The contractor is optimistic that he's going to be able to make that date. I wouldn't say that he's completely confident, but he does have some hope to be there. And, we're very hopeful that he will make that date as well."

Shell says some work remains to be done on the bridge when it reopens which shouldn’t impede the public.

The closure forced residents in the two communities to travel an hour out of their way just to cross the Canadian River.