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Note: The entire project will take place through 2019, with phased work zones stretching from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue.
Work will include relocation of numerous utility lines, relocation of sewer and water lines, drainage improvements,
curbing, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, new concrete median, and paving.
Through the remainder of May, motorists can expect the following:
• In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no work will be performed May 25 through 28.
• The contractor will continue to replace waterline from the Northland Center to West Cherry Lane. Traffic control will feature daylight lane closures, and at least one travel lane available in each direction.
• Utility contractors will continue performing relocation work from Blue Course Drive to Park Avenue. Utility work will continue through June. Traffic control will feature daylight lane closures, and at least one travel lane available in each direction.
• Flaggers may be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane.
• Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures—especially during high traffic volume times. Drivers should allow for extra travel time.
PennDOT's communications strategy for the Atherton Street project
PennDOT will continue to reference the map above as phased construction gets underway in June.
"The ever-changing nature of construction (weather impacts/schedule changes/etc.) makes the creation of a day-to-day map impractical," wrote Marla Fannin, PennDOT spokeswoman. "As construction starts and stops each day, the project inspector will report that to our Regional Traffic Management Center. The operators in our center will enter the information into our system and that will automatically populate 511PA.
"511PA will then automatically generate a tweet regarding the work. The work will also appear on 511PA in list and map form under construction projects/delays."
In addition, 511PA entries can also be found on services such as WAZE and TomTom.
District 2 is also planning to create an Atherton Street project website that will show the attached map, any issued press releases, last-minute changes, tweets, and more.
Frequency of Updates
Currently, PennDOT is issuing releases about twice a month; those updates may be issued more frequently as the weather improves and the workload gets busier. PennDOT aims to tweet regularly and hopes to tweet daily about the project.
While it is not possible to update the map on a daily basis, the map should help to communicate the project phases in a timely manner. Added Fannin: "We will continue to look for opportunities to improve our customer service in regard to this project."
All work is weather and schedule dependent. PennDOT will issue project updates on a regular basis. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $12.8 million job. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.
Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.
To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to "Know Before You Go" by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visitingwww.511PA.com. 511 PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the "Check My Route" tool.
511 PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511 PA website.
For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511 PAStateColl