More cracks discovered in Lexington bridge, opening to traffic could be delayed

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LEXINGTON, Okla. - As residents between Purcell and Lexington continue to wait for a highly traveled bridge to be repaired in the area, the free shuttle will be adding two new times to its schedule.

Beginning March 17, the shuttle will add a 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. departure time to both locations.

Arrival times will be 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Since the shuttle began offering services on Feb. 7, the shuttle has had over 2,085 riders between the two communities. 

Due to the continued discovery of cracks on the U.S. 77/ S.H. 39 bridge, officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation say they cannot open the bridge to any traffic until repairs are made.

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Since the contract to fix the bridge was awarded, 10 cracks have grown to more than 40.

In the contract, there is a 45 day deadline to repair those 10 spots, which originally would have opened the bridge in 120 days.

The contractor could earn a $2,500 incentive for every hour those 10 areas were fixed under the deadline.

Also, they could earn $1,500 for every hour the rest of the 264 areas are fixed under the original 120 day deadline, which is June 14.