Traffic Tie-Ups Signal Start of Summer Construction Season
Get ready to wait.
A flurry of construction projects is tying up traffic on the Penn State campus and across the State College area.
There will be lane closures on Park Avenue while crews from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania replace approximately 530 feet of steel pipe with plastic pipe. Flaggers will be directing traffic on a section of Park that stretches from North Atherton to North Allen Street. "The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of next week," says Russ Bedelll a Columbia Gas spokesperson.
Meantime, Columbia Gas crews are also replacing gas lines on Garner Street. You can expect temporary lane closures in that area until the work is completed sometime around the first week of July.
On campus, Curtin Road is closed from Burrowes Street to the Forum Building while workers install a high-pressure gas line. It's part of a major project that will convert the West Campus Steam Plant from coal to gas. Curtin Road isn't supposed to reopen until Aug. 1.
On West College Avenue, one of the busiest roads in State College, construction crews are replacing an old water main. The existing pipes are 100 years old. They'll be installing 3,000 feet of pipe stretching from Atherton Street to Heister Street. At least one lane of College Avenue is currently blocked off between Burrowes Street and Atherton Street. The project is slated for completion in mid-August.
A number of roads are slated to be repaved at various times during the summer. According to Mark Whitfield, the borough's public works director, that includes sections of Buckhout Street, Ridge Avenue, Edgewood Circle, Sunset Road, Ferguson Avenue, Sparks Street, Hamilton Avenue, and all of Fry Drive.
"We also had pavement failure this winter on the section of University Drive from Easterly Parkway to Nimitz Avenue," Whitfield recently told StateCollege.com. "That section of University Drive will be resurfaced later this spring or summer."
State College plans to spend about $1.2 million on road repairs, maintenance and resurfacing.
And if State College Borough Council awards bids, you can expect to see construction on Pugh Street between College Avenue and Beaver Avenues. It's part of a streetscape project that's designed to make the area more appealing. And yes, there will be lane closures if and when the project moves forward.
Back on campus, Penn State says the installation of new scoreboards at Beaver Stadium will result in traffic detours for several weeks. Curtin Road will be closed between the stadium and Porter Road. Drivers trying to reach Porter Road will have to head north on University Drive and east on Park Avenue. That detour is scheduled to wrap up by June 30.
It's suggested that drivers be patient, take their time, and allow themselves a few extra minutes to get around.