Construction Update: Fall 2013

First Stage of Reconstruction Finishes This Fall

Stage one of the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project in Norristown, Montgomery County, will wrap-up this fall when crews complete work between Elm and Spruce streets and move north for stage two reconstruction. The second of five stages of work on the $20.8 million project will improve the east side of Markley Street between Spruce Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Work began last spring to install new subsurface utilities and rebuild Markley Street from Elm Street to Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street. PennDOT’s contractor rebuilt the west (southbound) side and center section of the road. The reconstruction of the east (northbound) side is expected finish in December, which completes stage one.

Crews will then move north to rebuild the east side of Markley Street and install “traffic-calming” parking bump outs on the east side from Spruce Street to Lincoln Avenue in stage two.

Following the completion of stage two, PennDOT’s contractor will begin the third stage which features the reconstruction of the opposite side of Markley Street from Harding Boulevard to Sterigere Street. Construction in this area will continue for about one year.

Utility companies will continue to work on Markley Street ahead of the road crews to replace or relocate subsurface gas, water, sewer, cable and other utility lines.

Last June, northbound traffic was removed from Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street. A posted detour takes northbound Markley Street traffic onto Route 202 North/DeKalb Street through neighboring Bridgeport and Norristown and reconnects with Route 202 south at Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

The one-way detour provides construction and utility crews with more room to maneuver and operate equipment on Markley Street. With only a single lane of traffic moving through the work zone, southbound travel delays may occur  weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking restrictions also are in place in work areas along Markley Street. A  parking area was built at Markley Street and Harding Boulevard and this lot will be available for use by residents who lose on-street parking during sstage one work. Pedestrian access, along with access to residences and businesses, is maintained during construction as well.

In addition, crews are rehabilitating the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek, located just west of Markley Street. The contractor is currently rebuilding the southern-third of the bridge and refurbishing the field stone on the southern face of the span. Bridge construction is expected to finish next spring.

Since work began last spring to rehabilitate the borough-owned bridge, workers have inserted a metal sleeve on the underside of the structure to reinforce the bridge’s stone arch; refurbished the bridge’s northern facing; and rebuilt the northern sidewalk and two-thirds of the roadway over the span.

PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to improve utilities and provide two through lanes, a center turn lane and recessed parking on both sides of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. The improvements being made under this project include the:

  • Reconstruction and widening of approximately 1.04 miles of Markley Street on existing alignment from Elm Street to Johnson Highway;
  • Widening of Johnson Highway and Swede Road at the intersection with Markley Street;
  • Minor widening and reconstruction on Johnson Highway from west of Markley Street to DeKalb Street;
  • Realignment of the intersection of Coolidge Boulevard as a signalized intersection with Brown Street;
  • Rehabilitation of the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek;
  • Drainage improvements and installation of post-construction storm water management facilities;
  • Placement of new traffic signals at four intersections;
  • Installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network elements;
  • Installation of new subsurface water, sewer and gas lines;
  • Construction of new concrete curbs, sidewalks, ADA curb ramps at intersections; and
  • Placement of new highway signs, lighting and landscape plantings.

The current project (Section 520) under construction is the first of two phases of PennDOT’s overall U.S. 202, Section 500 plan to rebuild and improve the entire length of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown and complete a number of other road and intersection improvements along the corridor.

The improvement of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway is  scheduled to finish in September 2016. Work on the second phase of Markley Street between Main and Elm streets is expected to start in 2015.

More information is available at www.us202-markleystreet.com.