The traffic light at the intersection of Willowbank, Walnut and Water streets in Spring Township is dark, causing concern among residents.
The light has been offline for three to four weeks, when a vehicle struck the control box for the signals and ripped out the electricity to the light, township Manager Bill MacMath said.
The signal should have been repaired two weeks ago, he said, but problems have arisen. The company that does light repairs for the township had seven other boxes go down about the same time. The boxes themselves are custom made and take time to build, he said. Everything else is ready, but the township is still waiting on that part, he said.
“It’s put everything behind,” MacMath said, adding that there is no word on when the box will be completed.
There have been no accidents at the intersection since the signal has been down, he said. However, residents who live near the light have expressed concerns over safety and convenience.
Nancy Baldwin lives on Water Street near the intersection. Pulling onto Willowbank is more difficult and takes more time because there is nothing to halt the flow of traffic without the stoplight, she said.
Drivers pulling out from Walnut Street face a similar problem. The inconvenience of waiting could turn into a safety issue, Baldwin said, because people might take chances turning onto Willowbank to beat traffic.
Daniel Young, who lives on Willowbank Street, also said the waits at Walnut and Water streets have been longer and inconvenient. He said he was almost hit at the intersection a few times since the light has been out. It’s difficult to get out safely in the daylight because drivers can’t see the headlights of oncoming vehicles.
Barbara Gummo lives in the home closest to where the control box formerly stood. The wreck also took out her fence, she said, but did not hit the house. She is also concerned about safety with the light out, saying she is afraid someone could hit her home.
MacMath said he understands that getting out on the road can be a challenge with the light out and said it will be back up, he hopes, sooner than later.
“Just be patient and bear with us until it gets fixed,” MacMath said.