Bridge connecting two Oklahoma towns grows closer to completion

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LEXINGTON, Okla. – A popular bridge connecting two Oklahoma towns is growing nearer to being completed.

With the anticipated deadline for the reopening of the James C. Nance bridge a little more than two weeks away, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s contractor is preparing for the final repairs.

Despite last week’s heavy rainfall, the river level has held steady and not affected the work.

The contractor is preparing for installation of the repair plates by sandblasting and painting affected areas of the bridge. The plates are expected to arrive in two separate shipments from Arkansas late this week and early next week.

Once received, it will take about one week to install these plates.

Additionally, a  complete inspection of the bridge is being performed this week to ensure that all previously repaired areas have been evaluated. This will allow for a quicker, more efficient inspection of the new areas repaired with plates in the final days before the anticipated June 14 opening.

Stay posted on the schedules and other information regarding the Purcell/Lexington bridge here.