PennDOT: North Atherton Street project schedule March 25 - 29

Date: March 21, 2019


PennDOT has updated its North Atherton Street project schedule, below. Updates are in boldface.

Phased work zones from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue will include relocation of numerous utility lines, 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  from Monday, March 25  through Friday, March 29:

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

There will be significant delays for motorists on North Atherton Street heading toward the University while waterline connection work is performed near Park Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes. 

A speed minder has been placed between Cherry Lane and Hillcrest Avenue heading toward the University. It displays motorists’ speed, reminding them to obey the posted speed limit of 25 MPH.

Arbor Way, Ridge Avenue, and West Park Avenue will all be closed on the right (northeast) side of Atherton Street heading toward the University. These closures will occur during daylight hours all week and are necessary for waterline connection work. 


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. 

Pedestrian Safety Advisory: Currently pedestrians can cross Atherton Street using the intersections at Aaron Drive, Hillcrest Avenue, Park Avenue, and Blue Course Drive. Crossing at other locations is not recommended. 
 
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 Mitchell Avenue:
No work anticipated.

Cherry Lane to Hillcrest Avenue:

The contractor will be installing new curbing and sidewalk. The contractor will also continue installation of drainage on the right (northeast) side of Atherton Street travelling toward the University. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures limiting traffic to at least one lane heading toward the University and one lane leaving the University.

A speed minder has been placed between Cherry Lane and Hillcrest Avenue heading toward the University. It displays motorists’ speed, reminding them to obey the posted speed limit of 25 MPH.

Ridge Avenue to Park Avenue:

The contractor will be completing waterline connections for the previously installed waterline. Arbor Way and Ridge Avenue on the right side of Atherton Street travelling toward the University are expected to be closed on Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26 for this connection work. West Park Avenue on the right side of Atherton Street travelling toward the University is expected to be closed on Wednesday, March 27 for this connection work. Traffic control on Atherton will consist of daylight lane closures limiting traffic to at least one lane heading toward the University and one lane leaving the University. 

There will be significant delays for motorists on North Atherton Street heading toward the University while the waterline connection work is performed near Park Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes. 


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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