Myrtle Beach police say the traffic lights at the backgate of the former Air Force base should be fixed around 6:10 p.m.
Joyce Swabon, 55, of Murrells Inlet was driving a Cadillac heading southbound when she hit a light pole and electrical equipment at the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and Highway 707, causing all of the traffic signals to go out, according to Captain David Knipes.
The wreck happened around 4:45 a.m.
Swabon was arrested for Driving Under the Influence, according to Capt. Knipes. She is being held in the Myrtle Beach Jail.
A new pole is being installed and new wiring completed before the intersection can be fully operational again.
Highway 17 Bypass northbound is open, but there is only one lane open heading southbound on Highway 17 Bypass.
All of the traffic coming from The Market Common area is being forced to turn right onto 17 Bypass, heading north.
Highway 707 eastbound traffic is being directed to head southbound on 17 Bypass.
Officers ask you to avoid the area if possible.