While they were waiting for the first new signal pole to arrive, a truck damaged another pole at the intersection of Quarryville's S. Church St. and 4th St.
"We have had to have poles made to fit the base. Since they have to be custom-made, we've been told it will take six to eight months," Borough Manager Ken Work said last week.
The state has changed the specifications for a traffic signal pole since those lights were put up. That required the borough to get a waiver so it could replace the older style poles rather than install ones that meet the new specifications. The newer design would require the borough to dig up the poles' concrete bases and replace them with larger bases.
An over-height truck snagged a wire for the pole on the southwest corner, in front of St. Paul's Church, on December 14, 2018. A second truck then caught the sagging line, bending the pole.
A pole on the other side of the intersection was hit earlier this summer. The driver of that truck did not stop but was later caught and charged.
"There's a tear [in the metal] of that pole," Work said.
Each pole will cost about $12,000 to replace. That price includes the poles and the labor to install them.
The borough has received payment from its insurance company. That company will seek repayment from the company that insures the driver involved in the most recent collision.
The bend in the pole at St. Paul's Church causes the lights facing southbound Church St. traffic to move out of position. That means drivers only see the yellow and red signals from a distance or very close to the intersection.
Drivers on a section of the street south of Third St. cannot see the red or yellow signals because they are blocked by the signals that face northbound drivers.
The borough is aware of the issue but has had the lighting inspected and it meets state standards.
Replacing the poles will fix that problem, but "right now, we're at the mercy of the manufacturer," Work said. "Maybe when they're building the first pole they'll do the second."
If that happens, the borough will only have to close the intersection once to replace both poles.
Even so, Work said, the job will take considerable time.
"We're hoping it can be done in just one day, but at this point, we don't know," he said.