James C. Nance Memorial Bridge

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James C. Nance Memorial Bridge
The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge is a deck truss bridge crossing the Canadian River between Purcell and Lexington, Oklahoma. The bridge carries US-77 and State Highway 39 from McClain County to Cleveland County. The 1938 Construction of this bridge, one of the longest in the state, was instrumental in the development of Purcell as a retail and employment hub for the "Heart of Oklahoma" trade area comprising Purcell, Lexington, Washington, Wayne,Payne, Slaughterville, Dibble, Cole, Wanette, Goldsby, Byars, Paoli and Rosedale. Traffic using the bridge allows trade and commerce to freely flow in this retail trade area hub of southern McClain County, southern Cleveland County, Southern Pottawatomie County, and northern area of Garvin County, and eastern portion of Grady county. The Nance bridge is 1,110.1 meters (3,642 ft) long, making it among the longest in the state. The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 2003-09-02.