PennDOT updates Atherton Street project

June 22, 2018

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With construction and utility work continuing, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an update for its North Atherton Street project in State College. The entire project will take place through 2019, with phased work zones stretching from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue. Work will include relocation of numerous utility lines, relocation of sewer and water lines, drainage improvements, curbing, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, new concrete median, and paving. 

Flaggers may be present in the roadway directing traffic and traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Please use both lanes up to merge points throughout the project. Use of both lanes can minimize delays and travel times. Please be patient and courteous to other drivers. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane.  

Through early July motorists can expect the following:


  • A long-term traffic pattern that closes the right lane heading toward Penn State University remains in place. 
  • While the contractor is not working, 2 lanes will remain open for inbound and outbound traffic.
  • Left turns will always be restricted through the length of this work zone. Signage indicating "No left turn" is in place.
  • Work will consist of upgrading the existing drainage system and installing new curbing and sidewalk.


  • Utility contractors will continue performing relocation work. Utility work will continue through June. Traffic control will feature daylight lane closures and at least one travel lane available in each direction. 
  • The contractor will be installing new waterline.

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures — especially during high traffic volume times. Drivers should allow for extra travel time. During the 4th of July holiday (July 3 and 4) only the turning lane will remain closed. Each direction of traffic will have two lanes available during these days. 

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $12.8 million job. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

PennDOT has numerous projects taking place in the State College area and is aware of the frustration road work can create. Please be patient and courteous while driving walking, or biking. Practicing safe driving habits keeps road workers and road users safe. 

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Last Updated June 22, 2018