Construction Update: Spring 2014

Markley Street Improvement Project Progresses to Stage 3

PennDOT is moving forward on its $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. Route 202 in Norristown Borough, with Stage 3 work now under way through late summer along.

This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is improving Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street through the intersection of Johnson Highway. It is the first of two contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor. A second project to reconstruct and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in spring 2015.

In Stage 3, crews will completely reconstruct the west side of Markley Street from James Street to Warren Street. The operation also includes the construction of parking bays and new sidewalks like those installed during earlier stages of construction.

As part of this improvement project, utility work has been completed on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South between Elm and Fornance streets (much of the Stage 3 work area). However, utility crews will continue to work in advance of roadway reconstruction activities, installing and relocating gas, electric and communications’ lines under and along Markley Street from Fornance Street to Warren Street, and north through the intersection with Swede Road and Johnson Highway.

Motorists traveling south on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South are advised to use alternate routes  during daytime construction as periodic flagger-controlled stoppages may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In addition, drivers may face stoppages or slowdowns on Johnson Highway approaching the intersection with Markley Street/Swede Road, and on Swede Road approaching the intersection with Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

PennDOT began construction in February 2013 to improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway, and a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street/U.S. 202 North. The plan also includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek.

Construction is completed on the first two stages of the project, during which crews installed new utilities and a sanitary sewer line and rebuilt Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street to James Street, and on the east side of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Basin Street to Lincoln Street.

In addition, construction continues to rehabilitate the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek. Crews are finished with the north side and center section of the bridge — including work to strengthen the underside of the arch structure — and are working to rebuild the south side of the span this spring. Main Street remains limited to one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound during construction.

PennDOT is improving Markley Street by 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; and installing new curb ramps.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including blue tooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) at 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 contract.

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