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Section of West College Avenue Closed Tuesday, Detours in Place

by on March 02, 2015 7:50 PM

You might want to budget some extra time for getting around State College on Tuesday.

West College Avenue is scheduled to close for several hours, so crews can begin installing a second tower crane at the construction site for the Metropolitan high-rise building.

A construction supervisor tells that College Avenue will be closed between Atherton Street  and Barnard Street for eight hours on Tuesday, starting at 7 a.m. It's possible the closure could be lifted earlier if work moves faster than expected.

Workers will be installing the tower crane's base not far from the first crane that was installed last month -- and now dominates the State College landscape. The pair of cranes will be used to erect a 12 story mixed-use building that's planned for the corner of Atherton Street and College Avenue.

Two previous attempts to begin work on the crane were cancelled because of the extremely cold weather we've seen over the past few weeks and Tuesday's forecast looks a bit dicey. A Winter Weather Advisory takes effect at 3 p.m. Tuesday with snow, sleet and freezing rain all in the forecast. State College Borough Engineer Amy Kerner said it was possible there could be yet another delay. However, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday the closure was in effect and detours are in place.

PennDOT says Westbound traffic on West College Avenue will be diverted onto South Atherton Street to the University Drive Extension and then back to West College.

The same stretch of West College will be closed for three days later this month, so the rest of the crane can be installed. PennDOT says the detours will be in place from March 16 through March 18.

Once completed, the Metropolitan is expected to include three levels of underground parking, one level of retail and restaurant space, one level of office space, seven floors of student housing and two and a half floors of general occupancy housing.

Editors' Note: This story has been updated to reflect that detours were in place early Tuesday morning.


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