Road work may hinder Penn State fan traffic

From Mirror staff reports

STATE COLLEGE — Fans heading to today’s Penn State season opener — and throughout the season — may want to allow themselves a little extra time as numerous highway construction projects are underway throughout the area.

The Nittany Lions meet Appalachian State at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium.

Motorists traveling through the Altoona area will encounter roadwork on I-99, where traffic is limited to one lane in some areas.

According to PennDOT, there is potential for delays from Altoona 17th Street/mile-marker 33 to near Pinecroft/mile-marker 37 and from Bellwood/mile-marker 41 to Tipton/mile-marker 45. Both work zones have 16-foot width restrictions. Road work is expected to end Nov. 8.

There is also the potential for delays at the Tyrone bridge/mile-marker 48, with a 14-foot width restriction. Bridge work is expected to end Oct. 5. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in these work zones.

In the area east of State College, on Route 322 in Centre County, there is a crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road, with one lane available in each direction.

This area is about a mile east of the village of Potters Mills and also features a 13-foot width restriction.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com, which is free, available 24 hours a day and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

There is also road construction in the immediate State College area.

For Labor Day weekend, North Atherton Street will have two lanes open for traffic in each direction from North Hills Place to Cherry Lane. The center lane remains closed and no left turns will be allowed.

State College police have some recommendations for those heading to stadium parking lots.

Those seeking game day parking should plan to arrive to the game from the east, using the Mount Nittany Expressway (Route 322/I-99) to access yellow parking lots from the Park Avenue exit of I-99.

“We encourage motorists to plan their route and parking in advance and recommend using downtown municipal parking garages and available shuttle service when possible to reduce traffic on the roadways,” borough police said in a statement.

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