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State College Police Department Urges Driver Safety

by on June 23, 2012 8:31 AM

The State College Police Department is reminding motorists that with the large number of construction projects and road closings throughout State College this summer, some motorists will be using alternate routes of travel.

Because of an expected increase of traffic on roadways on and around the construction sites and along the posted detour routes, the State College Police Department has increased patrols and traffic enforcement and will continue to do so as long as necessary.

Penn State is also asking the public to avoid College Avenue below Old Main, or, between Pugh and Allen Streets, for most of the day Saturday as it cuts down a dead tree.

The Office of Physical Plant will import a 120-foot crane at 6 a.m. Saturday to remove a large elm tree that has succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease. The cutting process is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. and is expected to last eight hours.

In addition to traditional traffic enforcement measures, the State College Public Works Department is monitoring traffic patterns in local neighborhoods and adjusting signage to better direct traffic and improve pedestrian and motorist safety in the neighborhoods. Despite efforts to reduce traffic congestion, motorists should continue to expect delays throughout the summer months and plan trips accordingly.

With school now out for the summer, many more children are playing outdoors and all drivers need to pay close attention while driving and obey all traffic laws.

All motorists are urged to obey the posted speed limits and other traffic laws to avoid creating a danger for others and to avoid receiving a traffic citation. Police officers will be issuing traffic citations to drivers who are speeding, driving too fast for conditions, failing to stop at a stop sign and for any other traffic violation observed.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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