NORMAN — When the highway bridge over the Canadian River between Lexington and Purcell closed Jan. 31, community leaders feared major economic impact was ahead.
It came in the form of fewer people spending money in Purcell because it was just harder to get there. A five-minute commute for Lexington residents became a 45-minute ride on three busy highways.
Now that the bridge is scheduled to reopen today, the cities involved can start to expect some sense of normalcy. Purcell sales taxes were down about 9 percent, but surrounding cities were up.
Norman, Noble, Lexington and Moore sales taxes rose during the same period, leaving us to believe folks stopped off at other businesses on their way home. The Purcell hospital took a hit, too, as patients were transported from Lexington to other hospitals.
Today’s opening will be a relief for all involved. Businesses in Purcell have planned some welcome back specials. We’re glad they still have the doors open and the lights on.
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