PennDOT updates North Atherton Street project schedule through September 30

Date: September 20, 2018

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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. 

The project page for this work can be found at  

Through September 30, motorists can now expect the following:

From West Aaron Drive to Park Avenue—entire length of project:

Other than the long-term lane closure between West North Hills Place and Cherry Lane, there will be no lane closures on Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30 during the home football weekend. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic and two lanes will be open for outbound traffic throughout each entire day. Left turns will remain restricted from North Hills Place to Cherry Lane in both directions because of the turning lane being closed.

From West Aaron Drive to West North Hills Place:
No work is anticipated.

From West North Hills Place to Cherry Lane:
A long-term traffic pattern remains in place closing the far, right lane heading toward the University. While the contractor is not working, 2 lanes will remain open for inbound and outbound traffic. However, when the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for inbound traffic. Due to the turning lane being used for inbound traffic, left turns will always be restricted through the length of this work zone. Work in this area will mainly consist of upgrading the existing drainage system, installing new curbing and sidewalk, and placing topsoil. 

From Cherry Lane to Hillcrest Avenue:

  • The contractor will be installing new water line in this area. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane in each direction while the contractor is working. 
  • ?West Cherry Lane (right side toward the University) is expected to be closed on Thursday, September 27 for a main waterline tie-in. A detour using Atherton Street, Blue Course Drive, and Martin Street will be in place. West Cherry Lane will be open on Friday, September 28 due to a PSU home football game. 

From Hillcrest Avenue 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. 

Additional Notes

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

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. 

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. 

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