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Here's What to Expect as North Atherton Street Project Continues

by on March 15, 2018 1:00 PM

Initial construction work is expected to begin soon on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's multi-year North Atherton Street improvement project.

Utility relocation in advance of the project started in 2017 -- resulting in frequent traffic backups -- and resumed this month. The entire project will take place through 2019 and will be done in phases between Aaron Drive and Park Avenue.

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.

After last year's traffic issues, PennDOT is working with local governments to provide regular updates on upcoming work and traffic impacts related to the project.

Travel delays may occur because of lane closures, especially during high traffic volume times.

Here's what drivers can expect through the end of March:

- Beginning Tuesday, March 20, the contractor will remove the center concrete median at the intersection of North Atherton Street and Aaron Drive and replacing it with bituminous material in preparation for project traffic control. This work is expected to take one to two days and during that time the north and south passing lanes and the center turning lane will be closed. No left turns will be permitted in this section during that period.

- Beginning on Monday, March 26, water and sewer lines will be replaced starting at the intersection of North Atherton Street and Aaron Drive and continuing to Blue Course Drive. The line replacements advance to Park Avenue throughout the construction season. Lane closures, which will alternate as needed, will be required for the work and some night work will take place.

- Utility contractors will continue relocation work through June from Blue Course Drive to Park Avenue. Lane closures will be needed as the work progresses.

- Flaggers will be 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 and to not follow construction equipment into a closed lane.

All work is weather- and schedule-dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. is the contractor for the $12.8 million project.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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