Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a State of Emergency for Cleveland and McClain Counties because of the closure of the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge.
The bridge separates the cities of Lexington and Purcell and was closed because there were cracks found in the supports.
Fallin urged that the immediate closure was mandatory and that help is coming.
"This bridge is a safety hazard and is at risk of collapse," Fallin said.
"Keeping it open would have threatened lives. It had to close. Unfortunately, that has created an economic hardship, not to mention a severe inconvenience, for the people of Lexington and Purcell.
As a result of the State of Emergency, the communities involved will receive monetary donations to combat the cost the closure is having on the communities.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is funding a shuttle service, which started today, that runs between Lexington and Purcell.
The bridge rehabilitation project is expected to take over a year.
Up to date information regarding the bridge and shuttle service can be found at www.okladot.state.ok.us.