Thanks to the rapid response of SaskPower crews, residents on the north side of Estevan didn't have to go without power or traffic lights at the Souris-King intersection for long on Wednesday.
Early that morning, an errant semi had struck a power pole there, knocking out power to much of the area and putting the signals out of commission as well, necessitating a four way stop at the busy crossroads. However, everything was running again by evening.
"SaskPower responded so quickly, and they worked efficiently to get the power pole back up and get the traffic flowing once again, said Norm Mack with the City of Estevan, "We did manage to repair the lights temporarily to keep them going, but in the future weeks that pole is going to have to be worked on and lights replaced."
The repairs to the power pole are finished, but parts for the traffic signals will have to be shipped in before the units can be completely fixed. Contractor quotes and insurance will also have to be attained.
"When we do do some repairs there at 13th and King, we'll try to do it out of peak traffic times, but there could be some delays."
At this point, Mack noted that it's hard to tell how long those repairs would take. As of yet, no public price tag has been put on the needed fixes.