Construction Update: Spring 2015
Improvements to the East Side of Markley Street Continue in Norristown
Crews this spring will complete rebuilding the east side of Markley Street from Wood Street to Johnson Highway following construction during the winter months that focused on installing the last runs of electrical utilities and sanitary sewers between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County.
PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to rebuild and improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway under the first of two projects to reconstruct Markley Street between Main Street and Johnson Highway. Part two, which is expected to go to construction by summer 2016, will complete improvements between Main Street and Elm Street.
Widening to add turn lanes continues at the intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. The final pavement layer — the wearing course — will be paved at the intersection and along the entire Markley Street project area as one of the s final work items.
Traffic signals also are being installed at several intersections along Markley Street, including new signals at Coolidge Boulevard/W. Brown Street, and at W. Roberts Street. Decorative street light poles and fixtures also are being erected as rebuilding is completed along the street. New trees will be planted along the Markley Street work area during the final stage of the project.
Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.
The first phase of construction began in early 2013. In phase one, crews are rebuilding Markley Street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plan also is 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 also have been installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.
This major transportation improvement project is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.
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.
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