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Atherton Street Update Through mid-October


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an update for its North Atherton Street project in State College. The entire project will take place through 2019, with phased work zones stretching from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue. Work will include 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

October 15 through October 21, motorists can expect the following:

• From West Aaron Drive to West North Hills Place:

 No work anticipated

• From West North Hills Place to Cherry Lane:

 A long-term traffic pattern is in place closing the far, left lane heading toward the University.  While the contractor is not working, 2 lanes will remain open for inbound and outbound traffic. However, when the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for outbound traffic. Work in this area will mainly consist of upgrading the existing drainage system, installing new curbing and sidewalk, and placing topsoil.

• From Cherry Lane to Hillcrest Avenue:

 The contractor will be installing new water line in this area. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane in each direction while the contractor is working.

• From Hillcrest Avenue to Park Avenue:

 Verizon has been on site performing wire installation and splicing between
      Hillcrest Avenue and Park Avenue. Traffic outbound from the University 
      may be reduced to a single lane. 

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures—especially during high traffic volume times. Drivers should allow for extra travel time.

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.

PennDOT has numerous projects taking place in the State College area and is aware of the frustration road work can create. Please be patient and courteous while driving, walking or biking. Practicing safe driving habits keeps road workers and road users safe.

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