Fallin seeks aid to stop local shops from going out of business because of bridge closure
LEXINGTON, Okla. – There is good news for two Oklahoma towns impacted by a bridge that is closed between them.
Gov. Mary Fallin is now asking the federal government for aid to help businesses in Lexington and Purcell, who are losing money because of the closure.
Fallin is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to make an economic injury declaration.
That declaration would allow business owners in McClain and Cleveland counties to apply for federally subsidized loans.
The bridge between Lexington and Purcell has been shut down to all traffic since Jan. 1, forcing drivers to take a 45 minute, one way trip between the communities.
Fallin says several businesses in Lexington are reporting up to a 50 percent decline in sales as a result of the shutdown.
Some shops could even permanently go out of business.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the bridge is expected to reopen in June.