Snake Spring Township officials are waiting for repairs to be made to a traffic signal damaged in a suspected DUI crash last month.

Rose Diehl, township secretary, said a signal pole at the intersection of Bedford Plaza Road and Lincoln Highway needs to be replaced after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into it at a high rate on Feb. 17.

“It’s a total rebuild,” she said of the needed work.

Diehl said there is not set timetable for when the light will be fixed and that the township is waiting on the utility contractor Tel-Power Inc. She said the township is reaching out to the company in an attempt to expedite the process.

“It’s a dangerous intersection,” Diehl said.

State police said Keith P. Steyer, 35, of Oakland, Maryland, crashed his car into the traffic signal pole about 12:10 a.m. on Feb. 17. Police said Steyer told investigators he had 10 shots of vodka that night and was driving at speeds above 100 mph when he crashed, according to court documents.

Steyer’s car hit an embankment then went airborne, striking the pole and causing a light to fall, police said.

Diehl said the traffic light pole was bent when the vehicle crashed into it.

The lights controlling traffic on Lincoln Highway have been blinking yellow since the crash, while the lights on Bedford Plaza Road have been blinking red. Lincoln Highway as four east and west -bound lanes at the intersection, as well as turning lanes onto Bedford Plaza Road from both directions.

Diehl said efforts to fix the pole have been delayed due to weather.

“Whenever we had that bad wind storm, Johnstown got wiped out,” Diehl said. “So it has put us on hold.”

Diehl said the township has received a number of phone calls from residents concerned about the light.

“We’ve been getting a lot of complaints,” Diehl said.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation said the light is owned, operated and maintained by the township.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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