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James C. Nance Memorial Bridge connecting Purcell and Lexington, Oklahoma, to reopen Friday

An Oklahoma Transportation Department spokeswoman said there will be a temporary load limit of about 15 tons on the bridge connecting Purcell and Lexington.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: June 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm •  Published: June 12, 2014
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A bridge linking Purcell and Lexington that has been closed for several months will reopen Friday, state transportation officials announced.

The 76-year-old James C. Nance Memorial Bridge closed Jan. 31 after repair work caused dozens of cracks to form. Closure of the thoroughfare has caused headaches for residents, turning a five-minute drive into a 45-minute commute between the two communities.

A Oklahoma Transportation Department spokeswoman said the bridge is expected to reopen in both directions Friday afternoon.

There will be a temporary load limit of about 15 tons as officials monitor the repair work and ensure the bridge remains safe.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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