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North Atherton project to end for winter

by on January 10, 2019 10:12 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Drivers soon will get a two-month reprieve from ongoing roadwork on North Atherton Street.

PennDOT said some work would continue this week, but then the project will take a break until March. During the winter shutdown, all lanes in both directions and the center lane are expected to be open, PennDOT officials previously said

The speed limit of 25 mph throughout the length of the work zone, between Aaron Drive and Park Avenue, will remain in place.
Contractors will be doing minor work through the work zone this week. Between Cherry Lane and Hillcrest Avenue, crews will be removing concrete blankets and performing minor grade adjustments for driveways.

Work is expected to resume in early March for sewer line installation and utility relocation. Substantial work with traffic impacts is projected to begin on March 27, PennDOT officials said in December.

The projected completion date for this phase of Atherton Street improvements is Oct. 18.

Overall work on the project will include relocation of utility lines, sewer and water lines, drainage improvements, curbing, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, new concrete median and paving.

In 2020, PennDOT will next work on Atherton Street from Park Avenue to Westerly Parkway with hopes of completing the project in one year.


Work, and related traffic stops, for the Potters Mills Gap project on Route 322 will continue.

Through Jan. 11, drivers in both directions may encounter traffic stops of up to 15 minutes as rock-fall work continues during daylight hours only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"These stops are necessary for crews to break up larger rocks and keep the motoring public as safe as possible," a PennDOT news release said. "Traffic stops may continue through the month of January and will be announced with each weekly update."

One mile east of Potters Mills, a crossover between Decker Valley Road and Sand Mountain Road, with one lane available in each direction and a 13-foot width restriction, will remain in place through the winter.

Work also will continue off the road and drivers should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting through the Potters Mills area.

The current work is part of phase three of the Potters Mills Gap project, which began in 2015. Phase three will reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills, including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection that will be a part of the local access road. PennDOT expects the new road to be open in the fall of 2020.

Phase one included construction of the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road and phase two created the new interchange for Route 322 and Sand Mountain Road.

The completed project is expected to alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre-Mifflin county line to Potters Mills.

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