Utility replacements to begin on South Allen Street in Downtown State College

A Road Work Ahead sign on South Allen Street in State College in spring

A portion of South Allen Street in downtown State College will remain closed to vehicular traffic as crews begin replacing utilities this week as part of the ongoing Calder Way project.

Starting Monday, the contractor will install storm sewer, sanitary sewer, telecommunications, electrical, stormwater and gas services in the 100 block of South Allen Street at the Calder Way intersection, according to a news release from the township. The road will be closed to traffic between College Avenue and Calder Way.

The road was closed for the first time between the two intersections. last week for crews to replace a water main.

Fences have been placed along the footprint of the work zone and markers will assist with vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Limited local traffic can access the upper 100 block of South Allen Street from Beaver Avenue.

Crews will also resume replacing the storm sewer system on East Calder Way from McAllister Alley to Pugh Street. A long-term closure remains in place on that section of Calder Way.

The work is part of the Calder Way multi-year project Replace outdated utility infrastructure and create a more pedestrian-friendly space in the downtown alley.

Work of the first phase of the project is happening this year between McAllister and South Fraser streets. Includes replacement of main sanitary sewer, stormwater, water and gas lines and provisions for electrical and telecommunications lines to be moved underground. Some utilities are also being replaced at Kelly and Humes alleys, as well as the Allen Street intersection.

Future phases through 2027 will involve similar work on the rest of the highway, with the project bounded by Hiester and South Burrowes streets.

The overall project aims to transform Calder Way into a “pedestrian-preferred” corridor with limited vehicular traffic, “replacing sidewalks with sidewalks with more artistic measures and incorporating other streetscape improvements from Hiester to Burrowes,” according to the municipality. Capital Improvement Plan 2023-27.

Streetscaping and transportation work will include widened sidewalks to provide a grade path using stamped concrete, ADA improvements at all intersections with detectable warning devices. Project plans also call for the installation of retractable bollards for traffic control and new lighting, greenery and public art.

The first phase is funded by a $2.4 million low-interest loan. from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest), as well as American Rescue Plan Act funds set aside for the project and $1.7 million from the State College Borough Water Authority for the replacement of a water main that has reached the end of its life. useful life.

State College too received $2.75 million in subsidies at the end of 2023 to replace aging water, sanitary sewer and stormwater infrastructure on Calder Way from Pennsylvania’s Small Water and Sewer Program and H20 PA, which are funded with money from the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Commonwealth Finance Authority.