Construction Update: Spring 2013

Construction Under Way Between Elm Street and Harding Blvd.

With utility pole relocations finished at the southern end of Markley Street/U.S. Route 202 South, construction is now under way from Elm Street to just north of Harding Boulevard under the first stage of PennDOT’s $20.8 million Section 520 contract. In Stage 1 construction on Markley Street, which is expected to extend into late summer, PennDOT’s contractor is rebuilding Markley Street in three sub-stages within the four -block area north of Elm Street.

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After building a small off-street parking area at the corner of Markley Street and Harding Boulevard to compensate for on-street parking that will be displaced, the contractor will maintain two lanes of traffic (one northbound, one southbound) through the work zone.

Construction in this area will progress from the west side to the middle to the east side of Markley Street. Motorists may experience off-peak lane restrictions Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking restrictions also are in place in this area.

In each construction area, crews will excavate the existing road, install new storm water drainage facilities and subsurface utilities, and then build the new roadway.

As Markley Street reconstruction progresses, utility crews will continue to work in the area north of Harding Boulevard to Johnson Highway to relocate poles and subsurface utilities.

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Work will start  in late spring 2013 to rehabilitate the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek Bridge, which is located on Main Street west of Markley Street. Crews will work primarily on the bridge’s underside to reinforce the historic stone arch structure a third-at-a-time. Traffic on the borough-owned bridge will be reduced to one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound during most of this work, which is expected to finish in spring 2014.

At the completion of Stage 1 this summer, Markley Street will become one-way southbound from Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street to Robert’s Street until mid-2016 for construction of stages 2, 3 and 4. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto DeKalb Pike/U.S. 202 North starting in Bridgeport.

This project (Section 520) 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 in Norristown and complete a number of other street and intersection improvements along the corridor.

Under Section 520, PennDOT is rebuilding and slightly widening approximately one mile of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway to include two travel lanes, a center turn lane and recessed parking in residential areas.

Construction on Section 520 is scheduled to be completed in September 2016. Work on the second phase of the Markley Street Improvement Project (Section 510) improvements between Main and Elm streets is expected to start in 2015.