Construction Update: Summer 2013
Reconstruction Progressing between Elm Street and Harding Blvd
Stage 1 construction on the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project in Norristown, Montgomery County, heads into the summer months with substantial above ground utility relocations completed, subsurface utility work under way and rehabilitation of the north side of the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek progressing on schedule.
Road construction crews are following the utility workers north, reconstructing Markley Street from Elm Street to Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street in the first of five stages of construction. 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, complete minor improvements to Johnson Highway and rehabilitate the Main Street bridge.
Since construction began in early spring, utility contractors have been installing water, gas, and sewer lines under Markley Street, replacing existing mains and tying residential lines along Markley Street between Elm and Spruce streets. Above ground, new poles have been installed at the back edge of the right-of-way to carry aerial utilities along the corridor.
In mid-June, northbound traffic was removed from Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street, detoured onto Route 202 North/DeKalb Street through neighboring Bridgport and Norristown and reconnecting with Route 202 south at Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.
The detour will provide construction and utility crews more room to maneuver and operate equipment. With only a single lane of vehicles moving through the work zone, delays for southbound traffic will be limited during daytime construction that will at times require flagger-directed stoppages weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Stage 1 work on Markley Street this summer will proceed in three sub-stages within the four -block area north of Elm Street to north of Harding Boulevard. Road reconstruction in this area will start on the west side of Markley Street, then move to the middle and then to the east side as Stage 1 work progresses through late summer.
In each construction area, crews will excavate the existing road, install new storm water drainage facilities along with subsurface utilities, and then build the new roadway before moving on to the next section. Utility crews will work ahead of the road builders during each sub-stage.
Parking restrictions will be in place in work areas along Markley Street. A parking area has been built at Markley Street and Harding Boulevard and will be available for use by residents who will lose on-street parking during Stage 1 work this summer. Pedestrian access, along with access to residences and businesses, will be maintained during construction as well.
On Main Street, where the bridge over Stony Creek just west of Markley Street is being rehabilitated, crews are rebuilding the pavement and sidewalk on the north side of the bridge. Structural repairs to the under side of the bridge’s stone arch also will be under way this summer.
Work on the bridge is being done in three stages. Three lanes of traffic — one lane westbound, two lanes eastbound — will be shifted from one side to the other as construction moves across the span. Work on this borough-owned structure is scheduled to finish in spring 2014.
The Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project includes
- 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 signage and lighting and landscape plantings.
The current 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/U.S. 202 South in Norristown and complete a number of other road and intersection improvements along the corridor.
Work on Section 520 is scheduled to be completed in September 2016. Work on the second phase of the project, Section 510 improvements between Main and Elm streets, is expected to start in 2015.
More information is available at www.us202-markleystreet.com.