Atherton Street Paving Scheduled for Next Week

Lengthy travel delays possible; drivers encouraged to seek alternate routes

STATE COLLEGE – Drivers in State College should expect travel delays next week as paving along Atherton Street takes place.

Delays could be significant as work will take place during daylight hours Monday through Wednesday, followed by 24-hour/around-the-clock work on Thursday and Friday.

Lane restrictions will be in place during this work and traffic volumes through the area are heavy. Drivers are encouraged to find an alternate route and avoid this area during paving operations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers the following update for Aug. 10 through Aug. 14:

Monday, Aug. 10:  Milling and paving will take place in the right lane eastbound from Colonnade Way to North Atherton Place. Milling and paving will take place in the right lane westbound from North Atherton Place to Colonnade Way.

Tuesday, Aug. 11:  Milling and paving will take place in the left lane eastbound from Colonnade Way to North Atherton Place. Milling and paving will take place in the left lane westbound from North Atherton Place to Colonnade Way.

Wednesday, Aug. 12:  Milling and paving will take place in the turning lanes eastbound from Colonnade Way to North Atherton Place. Milling and paving will take place in the turning lanes westbound from North Atherton Place to Colonnade Way.

Thursday, Aug. 13: During morning hours, milling will take place in the right westbound lane from Aaron Drive to North Atherton Place. During afternoon hours, milling will take place in the right, eastbound lane from North Atherton Place to Aaron Drive. Paving along this section will begin at 7PM. The right, westbound lane will be paved first, followed by the right, eastbound lane. Traffic will not be permitted to cross newly laid asphalt until material has cooled. Lane closures will be left in place overnight until line striping can be completed.

Friday, Aug. 14: During morning hours, milling will take place in the left and center westbound lanes from Aaron Drive to North Atherton Place. During afternoon hours, milling will take place in the left and center eastbound lanes from North Atherton Place to Aaron Drive. Paving along this section will begin at 7 p.m. The left and center westbound lanes will be paved first, followed by the left and center eastbound lanes. Traffic will not be permitted to cross newly laid asphalt until material has cooled. Lane closures will be left in place overnight until line striping can be completed.

Daylight work hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Night-time hours are 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. PennDOT expects the milling and paving work to be done by Saturday, Aug. 15 but all work is weather and schedule dependent.

Overall work includes utility relocation, drainage upgrades, roadway reconstruction, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. Once work is complete, travel along this section of Atherton Street should be smoother and more efficient. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.4 million project.

PennDOT reminds motorists to drive with caution through work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA Web site.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.

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