By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
A motorist slid on snow and ice early Tuesday morning and sheared off a light pole on East State Street alongside Community Library of the Shenango Valley.
The glass globe and light-emtting diode on the pole broke on the pavement. The driver wasn’t hurt in the minor accident, police said.
In the fall, contractors wrapped up the $1.1 million streetscape project that included new lighting along with new sidewalks and landscaping.
“It’s disappointing to lose one, but it was bound to happen,” City Manager Scott Andrejchak said. “I didn’t anticipate losing one so soon, but there will always be accidents.”
Andrejchak added that replacement costs will be paid by the driver’s insurance company.
Workers from Sharon Sanitary Authority hauled away the broken light, and Manager Guy Cunningham helped to install a temporary cover over its broken base.
“I’m supposed to be off today,” he joked. “We’ll put a plastic drum over this to cover it until the new light arrives.”
Andrejchak said the replacement will involve a new pole made of cast aluminum as well as a new 80-watt LED and globe.
He estimated the replacement cost and installation at $5,000 to $6,000.
“We’ll have to order a new one,” Andrejchak said. “I would expect it to be replaced within about three months.”