Construction Update: Summer 2014

Construction This Summer on Both Sides of Markley Street

Construction is taking place on both sides of Markley Street this summer as the contractor works to complete Stage 3 improvements and starts work on Stage 4 of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. Route 202 in Norristown Borough

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 rebuild and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in spring 2015.

Crews working from south to north are installing a new sewer main and rebuilding the roadway and sidewalks from Elm Street to Johnson Highway.  As of early summer, the west side of the project area has new paving, sidewalks and parking slots in place up to Fornance Street, while sewer and roadway work continue ahead of paving toward the project’s northern limit at Johnson Highway.

With the paving in place at the southern end of the work zone, the contractor shifted a single lane of southbound traffic onto the rebuilt west site and began Stage 4 work in early July with installation of a new water main on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Avenue and Fornance Street. Construction on the east side — which also includes new sidewalks, parking slots and a rebuilt Markley Street — will continue in this area until late summer before progressing north.

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.

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.