Lane Restrictions on Main Street Beginning April 22

PennDOT to Restore Deteriorating Main Street Bridge in Norristown
Traffic Slowdowns Expected during Restoration of Historic Stone Arch Bridge

April 17, 2013 — As part of the $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, a new traffic pattern starts Monday (April 22) on Main Street in the borough for the restoration of the deteriorating stone arch bridge over Stony Creek, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

PennDOT’s contractor will work the next year to preserve the historic, borough-owned Main Street bridge, which was built in 1854, by strengthening the stone arch structure from the inside; installing new parapets atop the structure to match the appearance of the existing walls; replacing sidewalks and approach pavement; and repointing mortar joints.

On Monday (April 22) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., flaggers will direct Main Street traffic through the work zone between Astor and Markley streets while crews establish the new traffic pattern. Once the new pattern is in place, eastbound Main Street will be reduced from three lanes to two on the bridge. Westbound Main Street will remain one lane through the work zone. This operation is weather dependent.

A sidewalk will remain open on the Main Street bridge on the opposite side of the construction area to provide pedestrian access throughout construction.

The Main Street bridge’s new three-lane traffic pattern will remain in place through April 2014.

Main Street motorists should allow extra time for travel through the construction area and anticipate backups approaching the bridge, especially in the eastbound direction when heading into Norristown during the peak morning travel hours.

The Main Street bridge is 40 feet long and 83 feet wide.

PennDOT began construction in February 2013 to improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway, and a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

The Markley Street improvement plan includes rebuilding the street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns; adding recessed parking bays in residential areas; installing trees and decorative pedestrian street lights; building an off-street parking lot at the corner of Harding Boulevard and Markley Street; upgrading traffic signals; installing new curb ramps; and adding Intelligent Transportation System components.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 contract that is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

This project is the first of two to improve the Markley Street Corridor. A second project to rebuild Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2015.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.

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