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Lengthy Travel Delays Expected Again on North Atherton Street

by on August 09, 2019 1:18 PM

A traffic pattern change for PennDOT's North Atherton Street project is expected to cause long traffic delays on Monday.

Between Cherry Lane and Curtin Road, the current long-term closure on the far-right side of Atherton Street traveling toward the university will be removed and reinstalled on the left side. 

"Expect lengthy delays on Monday, August 12 for the traffic control switch to take place due to line eradication and line painting operations taking time," a PennDOT news release said.

The lane closure will remain in place to widen the roadway and install curbing and sidewalk. While the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for outbound traffic and two lanes will remain open for inbound traffic heading toward the university. When the contractor is not working two lanes inbound and two lanes outbound will remain open. The center lane will remain closed at all times.

Additionally, Woodland Drive, Hillcrest Avenue and Ridge Avenue on the left side of Atherton Street heading toward the university will be closed at various times throughout the week to prepare for and install concrete curb and sidewalk. Message boards will indicate when the street closures are in place.

This week and last, crews performed around-the-clock work for installation of a box culvert at Big Hollow Run, which runs under the road in the area of Discovery Space and TGI Friday's, resulting in some travel delays and drivers being encouraged to use alternate routes. Curb and sidewalk will be installed in that area next week.

Pedestrians are reminded that through September there will be no pedestrian signal heads at the Park Avenue intersection because a temporary traffic signal is in use. No pedestrian crossing is allowed at this location. In the project work zone, pedestrians can cross Atherton Street using intersections at Aaron Drive, North Hills Place, Blue Course Drive, Cherry Lane, Hillcrest Avenue, and Curtin Road. 

Overall work on the current phase of the multi-year Atherton Street project involves new drainage improvements, curbing, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, new concrete median and paving, as well as new and relocated utilities.

Work will be added this year that will extend the Park Avenue turning lane heading away from the university. It will widen the roadway and install new curbing from Park Avenue to Curtin Road. That work is expected to be mostly completed by the end of November. This phase will be extended into the spring of 2020 to add drainage and casing installation for future use as a utility crossing by Penn State, as well roadway widening, traffic signal upgrades, curbing and ADA compliant curb ramp installation. 

Adding the work to the current contract eliminates the need to again restrict pedestrian crossing at the Park Avenue intersection during the next phase of the project.

The next phase of the Atherton Street project will extend to Westerly Parkway. A start date is contingent on finalized funding, but work is expected to begin in late 2020 or in 2021. A final phase will eventually continue the project from Westerly Parkway to the area near Meyer Dairy on South Atherton Street.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. is the contractor on the current $12.8 million phase

 

 



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