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Residents Laud Reopening Of Bridge Connection Lexington, Purcell

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Just days after the James C. Nance Bridge that connects Lexington and Purcell reopened, businesses and drivers already see the positive impact. Just days after the James C. Nance Bridge that connects Lexington and Purcell reopened, businesses and drivers already see the positive impact.
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Just days after the James C. Nance Bridge that connects Lexington and Purcell reopened, businesses and drivers already see the positive impact.

The time it takes to get from one side to the other is just more than a minute depending on traffic. Wednesday there was a constant flow of traffic going both ways, proving what residents have been saying for four months – the bridge is vital to the local economies.

"It's great. Puts some money back in my pocket," said James Waulk, who lives in Lexington.

6/13/2014 Related Story: Lexington-Purcell Bridge Reopens After Months Of Repairs

Waulk was making an almost two-hour round-trip drive to work each day. The commute to and from work in Purcell was costing him about $20 in fuel every day while the bridge was shut down. He and many others were forces to make a 35+mile detour to get from one side of bridge to the other.

"It hurts your pocketbook. It hurts your vehicles. Everything. You gotta do what you gotta do to keep your job," he explained. "It's just an inconvenience to anybody on this side of that bridge if you worked over there or if you shopped over there. It was just the store. It hurt the store and everything because the bridge being out."

6/5/2014 Related Story: Crews Working Hard To Open Purcell Bridge On Time

Last Friday the bridge reopened to light traffic and already business owners told News 9 that traffic in their stores and restaurants was up, meaning more money.

At Pearson Lumber, most of the usual customers were back. Across the bridge at the Railhead Diner, there was a now hiring sign out front. Business got so bad after the bridge was shut down, the owner was forced to lay off almost all of her employees.

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