LEXINGTON, Okla. – Inspectors have located addition cracks on the bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington.
However, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation continues to remain confident the bridge will open on or before the June 14 deadline.
ODOT says the contractor on the project was making great progress with repairs when crews located two additional cracks.
96 areas on the bridge are now slated for repair, adding to the work that must be completed before the bridge can open.
ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson said, “I know this news is not welcomed by anyone, but the department remains steadfast and determined to get this bridge open safely and as quickly as possible for the people of Purcell and Lexington.”
Although some may think of these addition cracks as bad news, authorities are glad they found them.
“Although I regret that there is additional work to be completed on the bridge, I’m glad that we found the problem and are going to be able to fix it without endangering the safety of drivers and still within the same timeline,” ODOT Chief Engineer Casey Shell said.
The two cracks are expected to add anywhere from $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 to the cost of the project.