STATE COLLEGE – PennDOT’s work to improve safety and ease traffic congestion on state Route 3018 (Whitehall Road/University Drive) in State College is winding down and expected to finish the week of Nov. 11. Travel along Route 3018 will soon be smoother, less congested and more efficient.
The three-mile project has stretched from Route 26 to Atherton Street. The section from the West Whitehall Road intersection to Atherton Street was completed in 2012.
Activity the week of Nov. 11 will include:
• Sign installation at various locations throughout the project.
• Top soil placement and seeding at various locations throughout the project.
• Extra sidewalk tie-ins and driveway paving work may extend past Nov. 13.
Even though work is finishing up, drivers need to be alert for construction vehicles and the potential to encounter flaggers at various locations through the project area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
PennDOT reminds motorists that bicyclists are known to be in the area. Motorists are asked to please use caution when driving near bicyclists, and to share the road and remain alert for bicyclists entering and using the highway. Pennsylvania law requires that when a motorist passes a bicyclist, the motorist must allow a minimum of four feet between their vehicle and the bicycle. Drivers also need to be alert for pedestrians crossing the roadway.
Overall work has included roadway-widening, addition of a center left turn lane, addition of marked bicycle lanes, new traffic signals, drainage improvements, water line relocation and roadway paving. All work is weather and schedule dependent. HRI Inc. of State College has been the contractor on this $10.3 million project.
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