Oklahoma officials propose hefty incentives for early repair of Purcell bridge

Oklahoma Transportation Department officials are planning to offer some of the highest financial incentives in the agency's history in hopes of getting the Purcell bridge repaired and reopened to passenger car traffic within 45 days.
by Randy Ellis Published: February 12, 2014
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PURCELL — Oklahoma Transportation Department officials are offering financial incentives as high as $2,500 an hour in hopes of getting the Purcell bridge repaired and reopened to passenger car and foot traffic within 45 days, officials said Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has scheduled an emergency meeting for 1:30 p.m. Friday to vote on awarding the contract.

Initial repairs would be aimed at getting the bridge reopened to passenger car and foot traffic, said Terri Angier, department spokeswoman. More extensive repair work would then continue with hopes of reopening the bridge to trucks, buses and heavy emergency vehicles within 120 days after repairs begin Friday.

Contractors are being asked to bid against each other both on completion times and costs in a complicated process, Angier said.

Incentives for early completion and disincentives for late completion as high as $2,500 an hour are included in the two phases of the contract, Angier said.

Those are some of the highest incentives ever offered by the agency, which shows the importance of the project, she said.

The repairs are projected to have a base cost of about $5 million, with the potential for several million dollars more in financial incentives for early completion.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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