Pontotoc County commissioners will close a section of Homer Road where it crosses railroad tracks near Oakman, commissioners said Monday.

District 1 Commissioner Gary Starns said the stretch of road will remain closed for approximately four to five weeks while the county reroutes the crossing.

Starns said the current design of the crossing is dangerous.

“You jump over those tracks and you’ve got about a four- to five-foot drop and a sharp turn,” he said. “We’ve had lots of wrecks and deaths over the years — it’s been a safety hazard for a long time.”

Commissioners said the road on the low side of the crossing will be raised about four to five feet and extended approximately 100 yards.

“We’re going to make it a gradual curve instead of the sharp curve we have now,” Starns said.

Starns said the road will likely close the last week of February.

Contact Carl Lewis at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com

Carl Lewis is a general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He's an aspiring photographer, an unabashed fan of Apple products and an avid coffee swiller. Contact Carl at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com.