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ODOT officials worry about weight of snow on ‘unsafe’ bridge

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LEXINGTON, Okla. – Oklahoma Transportation officials are taking no chances with a bridge that was recently deemed ‘unsafe.’

Last week, we learned the bridge connecting Lexington to Purcell had to be closed for repair.

The towns went from a few minutes apart to a distance of almost 45 minutes.

Monday, ODOT engineers were at the site of the bridge with more information.

They said the bridge can barely withstand its own weight and worried the predicted snow would add even more weight to the problem.

They asked that no one, not even pedestrians, use the bridge.

They plan to put a fence around it to keep people away and safe.

Originally, ODOT said it would be several months until the bridge was fixed.

They now plan to hold a town meeting to let people know a more exact time frame.