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Lexington resident Everett Perkins, left, discribes the difficulties his family has endured since the closure of the James C. Nance bridge between Lexington and Purcell along U.S. Highway 77 to Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director J. Michael Patterson Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Perkins was concerned about his ability to shop in Purcell for groceries and medications as well as the separation from family who live on the opposite side of the Canadian River. Jay Chilton / The Transcript