PennDOT updates Atherton Street project schedule through July 29

Date: July 19, 2018



Ferguson Township will update this story as we receive news releases from PennDOT. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook.  
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. 

Flaggers may be present in the roadway directing traffic and traffic may be stopped for short periods of time.
Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Please use both lanes up to merge points
throughout the project. Use of both lanes can minimize delays and travel times. Please be patient and courteous to other drivers.
Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane.  

Property owners are encouraged to approach workers on the project if they need assistance entering or exiting their properties.
The contractor is aware of the necessity to move equipment and/or plate over excavations quickly and safely to allow for access.

Through July 29, motorists can expect the following:

From West Aaron Drive to West North Hills Place:
A long-term traffic pattern heading toward the University remains in place, with the far-left lane closed. While the contractor is not working, two lanes will remain open for inbound and outbound traffic. However, while the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for outbound traffic. Due to the turning lane being used for outbound traffic, left turns will always be restricted through the length of this work zone. Signage indicating “No left turn” is in place. Work in this area will mainly consist of upgrading the existing drainage system. 

From North Hills Place to Cherry Lane
The contractor will be installing new sewer line in this area. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane in each direction. The contractor will be working during the daylight hours this weekend, Saturday July 21 and Sunday, July 22

From Cherry Lane to Park Avenue
Verizon will continue to perform relocation work. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane each direction. 

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures—especially during high traffic volume times. Drivers should allow for extra travel time. 

All work is weather and schedule dependent. 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.

PennDOT has numerous projects taking place in the State College area and is aware of the frustration road work can create. Please be patient and courteous while driving walking, or biking. Practicing safe driving habits keeps road workers and road users safe. 

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."

Additional Notes

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