Construction Update: Winter 2013-2014

First Stage Finishes, Stage 2 Under Way

Construction on the first stage of the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South improvement project in Norristown, Montgomery County, concluded in December when utility work and roadway reconstruction at the southern end of the project was completed.

With Stage 1 finished, work begins immediately on Stage 2, which will proceed through the winter as conditions permit, starting on the east side of Markley Street between Spruce Street and Lincoln Avenue. In addition to pavement reconstruction, “traffic calming” parking bump-outs will be installed on the east side from Spruce Street to Lincoln Avenue in Stage 2.

Since work began last spring on the $20.8 million, five-stage project, crews moved utility poles and attached utility lines; installed new subsurface water, sewer, electric and gas lines; constructed a new storm water management system; and completely rebuilt Markley Street and its intersections from Elm Street to north of Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street.

In addition, Stage 1 improvements to Markley Street included construction of new curbs and sidewalks (Sidewalk construction is proceeding separate from roadway work.) with ADA curb ramps at intersections and parking slot bump-outs in front of residences.

The intersection of Markley Street and Coolidge Boulevard also was rebuilt in Stage 1.

Following the completion of Stage 2 this spring, PennDOT’s contractor, J.D. Eckman, Inc., will begin Stage 3 work to improve the west side of Markley Street from north of Harding Boulevard to Roberts Street. This work will continue through the end of 2014.

As PennDOT’s contractor moves steadily north installing drain pipes and inlets and rebuilding the road’s surface, utility companies will continue to work ahead of the road crews to replace or relocate gas, water, sewer, cable and other utility lines. The utility work will change traffic patterns  through the  work zone.

Last June, northbound traffic was removed from Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street. A posted detour takes northbound Markley Street traffic onto U.S. 202 North/DeKalb Street through neighboring Bridgeport and Norristown and reconnects with Markley Street/U.S. 202 South at the intersection with Johnson Highway.

The one-way detour provides construction and utility crews with more room to maneuver and operate safely on Markley Street. With only a single lane of traffic moving through the work zone, southbound travel delays may occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to Markley Street construction, crews continue to rehabilitate the southern-third of the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek, located just west of Markley Street. Bridge construction is expected to finish in spring 2014.

Since work began in early 2013 to rehabilitate the borough-owned bridge, workers have inserted a metal sleeve on the underside of the structure to reinforce the bridge’s stone arch; refurbished the bridge’s northern facing; and rebuilt the northern sidewalk and two-thirds of the roadway over the span.

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. The improvements being made under this project include the:

  • 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 Markley Street intersections with Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street, Fornance Street, Coolidge Boulevard and Johnson Highway.
  • Installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network elements, including a digital message board at Swede Road and DeKalb Pike and four closed circuit traffic cameras along Markley Street;
  • 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 signs, lighting and landscape plantings.

The current project (Section 520) under construction 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.

The improvement of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway is scheduled to finish in September 2016. Work on the second phase of Markley Street between Main and Elm streets is expected to start in 2015.

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