Construction Update: Fall 2014

Markley Street Reconstruction Continues this Fall to Improve Roadway in Norristown

Construction continues to advance PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street (U.S. Route 202 South) in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County. In early November, crews will complete reconstruction on the west side of the street from Harding Boulevard to Johnson Highway and begin reconstruction of the center section of Markley Street between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway. In addition, work continues to install sanitary sewers and rebuild the east side of the roadway south of Roberts Street.

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PennDOT is improving 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway by rebuilding the road to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plans also includes 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; and installing new curb ramps. Various utilities are being installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.

This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is the first of two state contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor in Norristown. A second project to rebuild and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in 2016.

Since construction began in early 2013, PennDOT’s contractor has completely rebuilt Markley Street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard on the west side and between Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue on the east (except for the final, top course of pavement, which will be placed at the end of the project). New pavement, new curbs and sidewalks and new utilities also are in place on the west side of Markley Street from Harding Boulevard to Roberts Street. Drainage and reconstruction of the west side from Roberts Street to Johnson Highway will continue through early fall. When completed, crews will rebuild the center section of Markley Street in this area.

Working south-to-north on the east side of Markley Street, crews are installing a new water main before reconstructing the entire roadway.

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Widening to add turn lanes is underway along the north side of Johnson Highway west of Markley Street, and on the west side of Swede Road approaching Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

During the past summer, crews began Stage 4 construction on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Avenue and Roberts Street while Stage 3 reconstruction of the west side continued north of Roberts Street. Rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek also wrapped-up in the early summer.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 project.

For more information on the Markley Street improvement project, visit www.us202-markleystreet.com.

Motorists can check conditions on Route 202 and other major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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