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UPDATE: Popular bridge growing nearer to completion

Lexington purcell bridge

PURCELL-LEXINGTON, Okla. – For months residents have been waiting for answers on when a popular bridge that connects two towns would finally be open.

Today the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced repairs on the Purcell-Lexington bridge are growing nearer to completion.

The bridge closure has hurt businesses and even prompted Governor Mary Fallin to ask the federal government for aid to help those businesses.

Some businesses reported up to a 50% decline in sales as a result of the shutdown.

The deadline for completion of the project is June 14.

According to reports, the contractor overseeing the project will receive an incentive of $1,500 for every hour early the repairs are completed.

So far, the contractor appears to be ahead of schedule.

MORE: Click here for more information on the bridge