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Update: Shuttle service coming to an end as Purcell/Lexington bridge opens on Friday

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UPDATE: With the opening of the U.S. 77/ Hwy 39 bridge scheduled for Friday afternoon, the free shuttle service for riders between Lexington and Purcell will bring operations to a halt early Friday night.

Commuters are urged to plan ahead for the final shuttle times.

PURCELL, Okla. – After months of detours and extra costs, residents in two Oklahoma communities will finally be connected again.

The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber announced it will be hosting an opening ceremony later this week for the U.S. 77/ Hwy 39 James C. Nance bridge.

The bridge connects the towns of Purcell and Lexington but was closed after several cracks were found in the support beams on Jan. 31.

The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, June 13 at 3 p.m.

Contractors are currently working to finish installing the final repair plates on the bridge.

After the ceremony, it will be opened to traffic.

However, there will be a 15 ton load limit for a few months while ODOT observes and evaluates the bridge.