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Posted on: February 28, 2018

North Atherton Street Project

Atherton Construction Schedule v 2.0

This page is your one-stop-shop for all the latest updates on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s North Atherton Street Project.

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Update 07/10/2018

PennDOT Issues Atherton Street Update through mid-July

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to inform the public about the work that will be underway on North Atherton Street.

People traveling on North Atherton Street can expect the following delays through mid-July:

  • From West Aaron Drive to West North Hills Place – Work in this area will consist of upgrading the existing drainage system, installing new curbing and sidewalk and placing topsoil. The middle turning lane will remain closed throughout this section. However, due to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, there will always be two lanes of travel for both inbound and outbound traffic from Wednesday, July 11, to Friday, July 13. Left turns will always be restricted through the length of this work zone. Signage indicating “No left turn” is in place.
  • From West North Hills Place to West Park Avenue – Utility contractors will continue performing relocation work. Traffic control will feature daylight lane closures and at least one travel lane available in each direction.

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures. Flaggers will be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of the North Atherton Street project that is taking 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.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

Media Contact: Marla Fannin (814) 765-0423

Update 06/07/2018

PennDOT Issues Atherton Street Update for June 11 to Mid-June

Delays likely; motorists reminded to use patience and courtesy

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to inform the public about the work that will be underway on North Atherton Street.

People traveling on North Atherton Street can expect the following delays from Monday, June 11 through mid-June:

  • From West Aaron Drive to West North Hills Plaza –  Work in this area will consist of upgrading the existing drainage system, waterline and sewer line. Crews will implement a long-term traffic pattern that closes the right lane heading south, and when contractor is not working two lanes will remain open for inbound and outbound traffic. Note, all left turns will be restricted in this work area.
  • Aaron Drive and North Atherton Intersection – An intermittent detour will be in place at this intersection and drivers that need to access Aaron Drive will be directed to Viaro Boulevard.
  • From West North Hills Plaza to West Park Avenue – Utility contractors will continue performing utility relocation in the area. This will require daylight lane closures and at least one travel lane available in each direction.

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures. Flaggers will be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of the North Atherton Street project that is taking 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.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

Media Contact: Marla Fannin (814) 765-0423


Update 05/04/2018

PennDOT Issues Atherton Street Update for First Two Weeks of May

Work will be suspended for Penn State graduation. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to inform the public about the work that will be underway on North Atherton Street. People traveling on North Atherton Street can expect the following through mid-May:

  • Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 4: 
  • A detour will be in place on Aaron Drive that will direct traffic to Vairo Boulevard.
  • The contractor will be paving the Aaron Drive and North Atherton Street intersection.
  • Monday, May 7, to Friday, May 11:
  • Temporary signal polls will be installed on North Atherton Street at the West Aaron Drive and West North Hills Place intersections.
  • Monday, May 14, to Friday, May 18:
  • The contractor will be installing sewer lines in the West North Hills Place and North Atherton Street intersection.

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures. Flaggers will be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of the North Atherton Street project that is taking 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.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

Media Contact: Tim Nebgen (814) 765-0423

Update 03/28/2018

PennDOT Offers Update Through Mid-April for Atherton Street Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to inform the public about the work that will be underway on North Atherton Street. People traveling on North Atherton Street can expect the following through mid-April:

  • On Wednesday, March 28, night work will take place to install waterline across Atherton Street at several locations. Work hours are set to begin at 7 p.m. and will continue through 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29.
  • No work will be performed by the contractor on Friday, March 30 in observance of Good Friday and the Easter holiday weekend. Columbia Gas may be working on Friday.
  • Water and sewer line replacement continues from Aaron Drive to Blue Course Drive. Water and sewer line replacement work will advance to Park Avenue throughout the construction season as work zones become available upon completion of utility contractor’s work. Lane closures will be associated with these operations, with lane closures alternating as needed.
  • During work at the Aaron Drive intersection, there will be a detour that routes all traffic to Martin Street.
  • Starting April 2, Verizon is expected to begin relocation of overhead lines from Blue Course Drive to Cherry Lane. Lane closures will be associated with these relocations.

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures. Flaggers will be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of the North Atherton Street project that is taking 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.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

Media Contact: Marla Fannin (814) 765-0423


Update 03/15/2018

PennDOT Offers Look-Ahead for Atherton Street Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to inform the public about the work that will be underway on North Atherton Street. People traveling on North Atherton Street can expect the following:

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 20, crews will be removing the center concrete median at the intersection of North Atherton and Aaron Drive. This work will establish the traffic control for the project and is expected to take 1 to 2 days. North and south passing lanes and the center turning lane will be closed during this work. No left turns will be permitted along this stretch of North Atherton during this work.
  • Monday, March 26, crews will begin water and sewer line replacement throughout the project. Work will begin at the Aaron Drive intersection and continue to Blue Course Drive. Water and sewer line replacement work will advance to Park Avenue throughout the construction season as work zones become available upon completion of utility contractor’s work. Lane closures will be associated with these operations, with lane closures alternating as needed. There will also be some night work associated with these operations.
  • Ongoing utility relocation work from Blue Course Drive to Park Avenue. Lane closures will be associated with these relocations. Utility work will continue through June. You can view that full announcement below.

Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures. Flaggers will be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of the North Atherton Street project that is taking 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.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

Media Contact: Marla Fannin (814) 765-0423


Update 02/28/2018 

Update on North Atherton Street Utility Work

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to inform the public about the various utility work that is underway on North Atherton Street. People traveling on North Atherton Street can expect the following:

  • Closure of the northbound travel lane (right lane) from Blue Course Drive to Park Avenue for West Penn Power and Verizon utility work.
  • In early March, closure of northbound and southbound passing lanes (left lanes) from Blue Course Drive to Cherry Lane for Columbia Gas utility line relocation work.

Drivers should allow for extra travel time and be alert for lane shifts between Cherry Lane and Park Avenue during the utility work detailed above. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of the North Atherton Street project that is taking 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.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

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