Atherton Street Project Update for Early October

STATE COLLEGE – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an early October update for its North Atherton Street (Route 3014) project in State College.

Work this year will carry through November and will finish up in spring of 2020. Phased work zones stretch 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 Oct. 4 through Oct. 11:

  • West Aaron Drive to Curtin Road—entire length of project:
  • Lane closures are possible through Friday, Oct. 4 to install pavement markings as paving work completes. Short travel delays are possible.
  • No additional lane closures will be implemented on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6 due to a PSU home football game. Two lanes will remain open in each direction to and from the University.
  • The contractor will be installing pavement markings throughout the week of Oct. 7. Traffic control will consist of limiting traffic to one lane in each direction to perform the work.
  • The contractor will be performing miscellaneous concrete work throughout the week. Traffic control will consist of limiting traffic to one lane in each direction to perform the work.
  • 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 a.m. and 3 p.m. to maintain the flow of traffic.
  • The speed limit will remain reduced to 25 miles per hour from Aaron Drive to the State College Borough line near Mitchell Avenue. This speed reduction will be in place until further notice. This reduction helps enhance safety for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and workers throughout the work zone. The speed limit from Mitchell Avenue to Park Avenue within State College Borough is already permanently posted at 25 miles per hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mitchell Avenue to Curtin Road:
  • The contractor will be installing the center concrete median islands on Atherton Street at the intersections of Mitchell Avenue, Woodland Drive, Arbor Way, and park Avenue. Traffic control will consist of limiting traffic to one lane in each direction to perform the work.
  • Residents of College Heights will be able to enter and exit from side streets and will be able to make left turns onto Atherton Street.
  • Pedestrian Safety:
  • Pedestrians can cross Atherton Street using intersections at Aaron Drive, North Hills Place, Blue Course Drive, Cherry Lane, Hillcrest Avenue, Park Avenue and Curtin Road.
  • Drivers are reminded to “share the road” and be alert for pedestrians, bicyclists and buses as they move through this work zone.
  • Additional Notes:

There will be flaggers present directing traffic around the work area. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Please be patient and courteous to other drivers. Do not follow construction equipment into a closed lane.

Motorists are asked to use both lanes to the merge points throughout the work zone. This will minimize traffic backlogs and travel delays in the work zone.

Motorists are also reminded not to block signalized intersections when the signal is red as this prevents traffic from side streets to cross. This is a finable traffic offense.

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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