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THE WAIT IS OVER: Popular bridge to be fixed ‘immediately’

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LEXINGTON, Okla. – The clock starts ticking at 5 p.m. on Friday on a project to reopen the bridge between Purcell and Lexington.

Members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission met Friday to award an emergency contract with strict deadlines to perform repairs on the US-77/SH-39 bridge that has been closed since Jan. 31.

The bridge closed for safety reasons due to several cracks found in structural bridge beams.

The project had a base estimate of $5.5 million for the repair work, plus the potential for several million dollars more in financial incentives paid for early completion.

It will take an estimated 45 days to reopen the bridge to car and pickup traffic; however, the contractor can earn hourly incentives for completing the work sooner or will be penalized for finishing late.

Due to the potential incentives/disincentives, the total cost for the project will be determined when the work is completed.

To read more about the bridge click here.