Construction Update: Summer 2015
The reconstruction and improvement of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway in Norristown is heading for completion this summer with the final paving layer in place and crews completing installation of traffic signals and landscaping in the 1 mile work zone.
With the final runs of utilities — including new water and sewer mains — in place at the north end of the project along with all of the base paving, the focus in early summer was on paving the rebuilt roadway with the top, “wearing course” of bituminous (blacktop).
Paving operations also wrapped up at the intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township, which has been widened to provide turning lanes to Markley Street, and at the intersection of Harding Boulevard and Spruce Stret.
Installation of new and replacement traffic signals will be completed along the corridor, including new signals at Markley Street and Coolidge Boulevard/W. Brown Street, and at Markley Street and W. Roberts Street. Remaining decorative street light poles and fixtures also are being erected. New trees will be planted along the Markley Street work area along with other landscaping during the upcoming fall planting season.
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.
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 in 2016, will complete improvements between Main Street and Elm Street.
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.