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New Purcell-Lexington bridge to open Friday

New Purcell-Lexington bridge to open Friday
Updated: Thu, July 25, 2019 1:15 AM

PURCELL — If Oklahomans hear a bunch of hooting and hollering Friday morning, it's probably coming from residents of Purcell and Lexington.

After nearly six years of frustration, a new four-lane bridge linking the two cities officially will be declared open to traffic.

"It's huge," Lexington City Manager Chris Coker said of the impact of having a fully open bridge once again link the two communities. "We have a lot of elderly and all their medical care is over there, grocery stores and things like that. It is definitely a lifeline for some of these folks."

A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday near the center of bridge, which spans the Canadian River and BNSF railroad on US-77/SH-39.

Lexington Mayor David Adams and Purcell Mayor James "Ted" Cox are expected to address the crowd. Also speaking will be Tim Gatz, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation... FULL ARTICLE

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