Survey work: Moving closures to reduce North Atherton Street to one lane starting Monday

Those who drive on North Atherton Street for some part of their daily travels, take notice: Starting Monday, your commute to Penn State or trip to the grocery store might be a little longer.

Through June, North Atherton Street will see temporary moving closures that will reduce traffic to one lane each way from its intersection with West College Avenue all the way out to Colonnade Way. That stretches about three miles through State College and Ferguson and Patton townships.

The lane restrictions will be the state Department of Transportation’s doing, as crews will do survey work to inspect the drainage systems along the stretch of the road for possible repair or replacement.

The busiest section of the stretch of North Atherton Street in question is near Park Avenue. According to PennDOT figures, it sees an average of about 13,140 cars a day.

The area of West College Avenue and North Atherton Street sees a little more than 11,000 cars on average, and the opposite end of the affected area, Colonnade Way, sees 7,760 cars on average.

After this initial round of survey work is done, drivers may see additional lane closures through July, depending on the circumstances, PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin said in a news release.

Crews will be out from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., she said.

“But we will try to limit the amount of time we are out there during peak travel periods in the morning and afternoon,” Fannin said.