After two weeks in the dark, a stop light at one congested Evansville intersection should be working again by Friday.
A car crash knocked out the signal at Boeke Road and Washington Avenue last month. Stop signs planted in the middle of the street have slowed cars in all directions for weeks.
Some say it has been frustrating to drive through, but others say it is downright dangerous.
“Demolition derby,” said Tony Bell. He runs the American Pride Thrift Store on the busy corner. He has a front-row seat to the show.
“It’s a constant one wreck after another.”
Over the last month, Bell says casualties have piled up. He believes the intersection is among the worst on Washington Ave. for accidents.
Since the crash on April 18, the intersection has been a four-way stop. City transportation director, Todd Robertson said there is no easy fix.
The signal pole has an old and odd bolt pattern to mount the stoplight. Robertson said the city needs to order a new one but expects it will take time for the company to make it from scratch.
A new mounting system requires a new base with new concrete, which takes even more time.
“We still have to actually call for the manufacture,” Robertson said.
Contractors from Ragle Inc. replaced the stoplight today with an old pole as a temporary fix.
Workers on site say Vectren will turn the power on and the stop light should be working by Friday morning.
According to Robertson, work on the temporary fix has cost about $17,000 but the city is trying to recoup money from the driver responsible for the crash.
Bell is tired of a demolition derby out front of his shop. He thinks it could be a lot quieter with a little extra attention.
“They’re driving too fast and they’re texting and driving,” he said. “Slow down and stop and wait.”