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Speed Limit to Be Reduced on North Atherton Street

by on November 02, 2018 4:00 PM

Update: Hillcrest Avenue and Village Drive will be accessible on Tuesday and work will not impact voting locations.

A speed limit reduction will go into effect Monday for the North Atherton Street project work zone and will be in place for the next year.

According to PennDOT, the speed limit will be reduced from 35 to 25 miles per hour between Aaron Drive and the State College Borough line near Mitchell Avenue. The speed limit is already permanently posted at 25 miles per hour from Mitchell Avenue to Park Avenue.

"The reduction in speed was determined after a speed study was conducted," a PennDOT news release said. "This reduction is expected to increase safety for motorists, pedestrians, and workers throughout the construction zone."

The speed limit will remain 25 miles per hour until the project is complete in October 2019, when it will return to 35 miles per hour between Aaron Drive and Mitchell Avenue.

Additionally next week, drivers should expect long delays on Monday while crews remove a long-term traffic pattern change between West North Hills Place and Cherry Lane. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction while crews remove the closure of the far left lane heading toward Park Avenue and repaint traffic lines. 

A new long-term lane closure will be implemented on Monday, closing the far, right lane from Cherry Lane to Woodland Drive heading toward Park Avenue. While the contractor is not working, two lanes will remain open in each direction. While the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for inbound traffic.

From Woodland Drive to Park Avenue, the contractor will be installing new water line, with daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane in each direction while work is taking place. West Mitchell Avenue and Oak Street will be closed during the daylight hours on Monday to tie the new water line into the existing water line.

PennDOT also reminds pedestrians that current crossings through the length of the project are at the intersections at Aaron Drive, Hillcrest Avenue and Park Avenue. Crossing at other locations is not recommended. Drivers should be alert for pedestrians, bicyclists and buses.

The Atherton Street project is taking place through 2019 and is being 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, a new concrete median and paving.

 

 



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at geoff.rushton@statecollege.com or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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