Regular CATA bus riders along North Atherton Street will have to change their riding habits a bit this week as continuing construction is causing detours and skipped stops.
N Route stops between the Sheetz on Woodycrest Street and Colonnade Boulevard closed Monday and will not reopen until Saturday, according to the Centre Area Transportation Authority. Stops between North Oak Lane and North Atherton will also be closed. A temporary stop on North Oak will be offered.
V Route stops between Blue Course Drive and Vairo Boulevard have also been suspended due to construction, CATA said, directing riders to alternate stops on Blue Course and Martin Street.
“Stops will probably happen day to day depending on what’s going on between College Avenue and North Atherton,” CATA spokeswoman Jackie Sheader said. “We’ll need to make adjustments as construction continues.”
PennDOT warned in a news release that delays through Friday could be significant due to paving activity along North Atherton. Work will take place during daylight hours Monday through Wednesday, with around-the-clock work scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Milling and paving in both the east and westbound right lanes from Colonnade Way to North Atherton Place slowed traffic Monday, causing the bus detours. Milling and paving in the east and westbound left lanes along the same stretch of road is slated for Tuesday.
Work on the eastbound and westbound turning lanes from Colonnade Way and North Atherton Place will take place Wednesday, the release said.
Milling will begin during Thursday daylight hours on the right east and westbound lanes from Aaron Drive to North Atherton Place, the release said. Paving will begin at 7 p.m. Traffic won’t be allowed to cross newly laid asphalt until it has cooled.
On Friday morning, milling will begin on the left and center east and westbound lanes from Aaron to North Atherton Place, the release said. Paving will begin at 7 p.m. Traffic won’t be permitted to cross until the asphalt has cooled.
All work is expected to be done by Saturday but is weather dependent, PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin said. The goal is to get a majority of the work completed prior to Penn State student move-in.
“Our contract allows us to work till the end of September,” she said, “but we want to get all the traffic-impacting work done.”
Changes to bus stops can be found through the rider alerts on CATA’s website at www.catabus.com.