PennDOT's North Atherton Street project schedule August 23 - September 2

Date: August 22, 2019

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

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

Due to an unforeseen issue at the new box culvert, there will be a short right lane closure throughout the weekend on Atherton Street for traffic heading away from the University. This should have minimal impact on PSU move in.  There will be two lanes heading toward the University and one lane leaving the University within this area.

Motorists can expect the following August 23 - September 2. Note, updated information is in boldface:

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

  • With Penn State football season fast approaching, PennDOT encourages drivers to check roadway conditions before heading out. Visit www.511PA or www.penndot.gov/AthertonStreet for up-to-date delays and/or restrictions.
     
  • No additional lane closures will be implemented on Friday, August 23 during Penn State students' move-in. Two lanes will remain open to and from the University.
     
  • No additional lane closures will be implemented on Friday, August 30, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2 during the Penn State home football weekend and the observance of Labor Day. Two lanes will remain open in each direction to and from the University. 
     
  • Through September, there will be no pedestrian signal heads at the Park Avenue/Atherton Street intersection. In the interest of public safety, no pedestrian crossing is allowed at this location. 
     
  • 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.
     
  • Dependent on weather, the current work schedule details that the Big Hollow Box Culvert replacement will get underway on July 29. This work will take approximately two weeks and take place around the clock. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. 
     
  • 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.
     
  • Milling and repaving of the entire project is scheduled to take place in September on a 24/7 basis. Exact dates will be announced in next week’s update. 
     
  • Drivers are reminded to “share the road” and be alert for pedestrians, bicyclists, and buses as they move through this work zone. 
     
  • Customers using CATA bus service are encouraged to visit the CATA web site for full information on bus stop locations, rider alerts, and service levels.

West Aaron Drive to Blue Course Drive:
The contractor will be performing full depth transverse pavement repairs where necessary. During daylight hours, traffic will be reduced to at least one lane heading toward the University and one lane leaving the University.

Blue Course Drive to Cherry Lane:
The contractor will be installing curb and sidewalk in the vicinity of the previously installed box culvert. 
 
Cherry Lane to Curtin Road:

Work will be added this year that will extend the Park Avenue turning lane heading away from the University. It will widen the roadway and install new curbing from Park Avenue to Curtin Road. The contractor anticipates completing most of this work by the end of November 2019. The remaining work will take place in the spring of 2020 and will include drainage and casing installation for future development, roadway widening, traffic signal upgrades, curbing and ADA compliant curb ramp installation. Adding this work to the current contract will eliminate the need to restrict pedestrians from crossing Atherton Street at Park Avenue during the next phase of the project.

The long-term lane closure on the far-left side of Atherton Street traveling toward the University will remain in place to widen the roadway and install curbing and sidewalk in this 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 for inbound traffic traveling toward the University. While the contractor is not working, two lanes will remain open for outbound traffic and two lanes will remain open for inbound traffic. The center turning lane will remain closed and all times. 

Because of a temporary signal being installed, there are no pedestrian signal heads activated for the crossing of Atherton Street at Park Avenue. Signage is in place detouring pedestrian traffic to the Curtin Road intersection. 

Woodland Drive, Hillcrest Avenue, and Ridge Avenue on the left side of Atherton Street heading toward the University, will be closed at various times throughout the week to prepare for and install concrete curb and sidewalk. Message boards will indicate when the street closures are in place, so alternate routes can be used. Park Avenue will remain open on both sides of Atherton Street. 

RECENT UPDATES

PennDOT has updated its Atherton Street construction schedule for spring 2020. Additional work will take place between Park Avenue and Curtin Road. 

Work will be added this year that will extend the Park Avenue turning lane heading away from the University. It will also widen the roadway and install new curbing from Park Avenue to Curtin Road. The contractor anticipates completing most of this work by the end of November 2019. 

The remaining work will take place in the spring of 2020 and will include drainage and casing installation for future development, roadway widening, traffic signal upgrades, curbing and ADA compliant curb ramp installation. Adding this work to the current contract will eliminate the need to restrict pedestrians from crossing Atherton Street at Park Avenue during the next phase of the Atherton Street project.

PennDOT thanks motorists for their continued patience as work on the project continues. 

RESOURCES

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

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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