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April 17, 2014

Fed says no to business help

LEXINGTON — The federal government has turned down the state’s request for an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration following the Jan. 31 closure of the Lexington-Purcell bridge over the Canadian River.

State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said Gov. Mary Fallin will now appeal the decision. Fallin this past week asked for help after reports of business losses due to the bridge closing.

Officials closed the State Highway 77/39 bridge over the Canadian River in January after an inspection showed cracks in the bridge’s frame.

Emergency repairs began Feb. 14 and are expected to be completed by June 14. However, the contractor gets a cash bonus if the repairs are completed before then.

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