Atherton Street Project to Shut Down for Winter

STATE COLLEGE – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers that its North Atherton Street project in State College will shut down soon for the winter.

Work is expected to start back up in March and 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

Motorists can expect the following through Jan. 11:

  • West Aaron Drive to Park Avenue—entire length of project:
  • Minor work will be done during the week of Jan. 7 to complete this construction season. Work is then anticipated to begin again in March 2019.
  • 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 is important. 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.
  • From West Aaron Drive to Cherry Lane:
  • No work is anticipated.
  • From Cherry Lane to Hillcrest Avenue:
  • The contractor is scheduled to be on the project during the week of January 7 to remove concrete blankets and perform minor grade adjustments for driveways to complete work for this construction season.
  • From Hillcrest Avenue to Park Avenue:
  • No work is anticipated.

PennDOT thanks area drivers for their patience this past construction season and reminds drivers that they can subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at

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