PennDOT's North Atherton Street project schedule June 17 - 21

Date: June 14, 2019

Note: The North Atherton Street Project Map has been updated, effective June 10, 2019

Centre Region COG General Forum presentation on 2019 Construction Projects in the Centre Region

Work will carry through 2019, with phased work zones stretching from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue. Work includes 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 www.penndot.gov/AthertonStreet

Motorists can expect the following June 17 - 21. Note, updated information is in boldface:

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

  • When traffic control is reduced to a single lane heading toward the University near the Park Avenue intersection, left turns will be restricted between 9 am and 3 pm to maintain the flow of traffic.
     
  • Portions of sidewalk are currently removed on both sides of Atherton Street between Cherry Lane and Hillcrest Avenue. Sign are in place directing pedestrian traffic to use side streets.
     
  • Pedestrian safety is important. Currently pedestrians can cross Atherton Street using the intersections at Aaron Drive, North Hills Place, Blue Course Drive, Hillcrest Avenue, and Park Avenue. Crossing at other locations is not recommended. 
     
  • Motorists are reminded the speed limit remains reduced to 25 mph from Aaron Drive to the State College Borough line near Mitchell Avenue. This speed reduction will be in place until project completion in October of 2019. The speed limit from Mitchell Avenue to Park Avenue within State College Borough is already permanently posted at 25 mph.
     
  • Motorists are also reminded not to block signalized intersections while the signal is red. This prevents traffic from side streets from crossing the roadway. It is also a violation of the vehicle code enforceable by fine.
     
  • Drivers are reminded to “share the road” and be alert for pedestrians, bicyclists, and buses as they move through this work zone. 

West Aaron Drive to Blue Course Drive:
No work anticipated

Blue Course Drive to Hillcrest Avenue:

  • The long-term lane closure on the far-left side of Atherton Street heading toward the University will remain in place. The lane closure is in place to perform drainage, curbing, and sidewalk installation in the area. While the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for outbound traffic from the University and two lanes will remain open to traffic heading toward the University.  While the contractor is NOT working, two lanes will remain open for inbound traffic and two lanes will remain open for outbound traffic. The center turning lane will remain closed at all times. 
     
  • Cherry Lane, Mitchell Avenue, Woodland Drive, and Hillcrest Avenue, which are all on the left side of Atherton Street heading toward the University, will each be closed at various times throughout the week to install drainage, pave pipe trenches, or install curbing. These closures are necessary to continue to install drainage, pave pipe trenches, or install curbing. Message boards will indicate when the street closures are in place so that motorists can use alternate routes.
     
  • Portions of sidewalk are currently removed on both sides on Atherton Street between Cherry Lane and Hillcrest Avenue. Signing is in place directing pedestrian traffic to use side streets. 
     
  • Because of a temporary signal being installed, there are no pedestrian signal heads activated for the crossing of Atherton Street at Cherry lane. Signing is in place detouring pedestrians to the Blue Course Drive intersection. 

Hillcrest Avenue to Park Avenue:
The contractor will be installing drainage on the left side of Atherton Street traveling toward the University using daylight traffic control setups. Traffic will be restricted to at least one lane heading toward the University and one lane leaving the University during daylight hours.  

Ridge Avenue, which is on the right side of Atherton Street heading toward the University, will be closed at various times throughout the week to install drainage or pave pipe trenches. Message boards will indicate when the street is closure is in place, so alternate routes can be used. 

Park Avenue to Curtin Road:
No work anticipated

ONGOING

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.

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