Changes finally coming to dangerous Ada railroad crossing

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- Residents down County Road 3540 say coming and going from their neighborhood can be dangerous.

"Yesterday morning it was really foggy, and even with the recent stop signs they put in, it's still hard to see," said resident, Ashley Curtis.

The crossing currently has no warning to inform drivers if a train is coming, but Pontotoc County Commissioner, Randy Floyd, says O-DOT will soon be fixing that.

"We were able to show them, we put a car counter on the road and showed them there is 350 plus cars that go up and down that railroad track, and having the Senator on board, kind of pushed everything through," said Floyd.

Floyd says flashing lights and metal bars will be installed at the crossing. He says State Senator Susan Paddack played a big role in their efforts to improve the crossing.

"A few months ago, it seemed like they couldn't do much for us, so we got Senator Paddack involved, and she helped us a lot to get this resolved," Floyd said.

Although construction on the crossing isn't set to begin for another eight months, residents are still pleased changes are being made.

"That's great...finally. That will be awesome," said resident, Jeanette Matthews.

"There's an end to the problem in sight," Curtis said. "So eight to nine months is nothing compared to not having an answer at all."

Floyd says the county will only pick up 10 percent of the total cost, which is estimated between $300,000-$400,000.

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